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After some careful consideration I have decided to submit the Hairball pattern as my entry in the Montana Fly Company design competition through the Outdoor Blogger Network. This pattern has really served me well these last couple of months and before that proved its effectiveness in the latter half of last season. Developed as my submission for the 2010 Pet-Fly Smackdown this fly has taken all three specie of trout here in Southeast Minnesota (Brook, Brown and Rainbow) and fishes well under varying conditions. I fish this pattern as a mini-streamer with a twitched or stripped retrieve as well as on the swing with a down and across presentation, it has also proven itself as a great lead [singlepic id=2005 w=320 h=240 float=left]fly in a two fly nymph rig dead drifted. I love the fact that I can fish different types of water with different presentations quickly with the Hairball, one moment it can be a streamer the next it can help get a nymph rig to the bottom of a deep run. This pattern is quick and easy to tie, subtle without too much flash and deadly effective. If your interested in more from the MFC check out their facebook page and add them to your list of friends.