The Madison is in prime shape, almost happening overnight. But of course, it never really went out of shape above Lyons Bridge this spring throughout run off. In fact, it has been fishing pretty darn well since it opened up almost a month ago. There are no big bugs yet, but orange indicators are getting eaten – a sign of things to come. I fished on my own today and waded different stretches below Lyons Bridge. It was good. About what one would expect from a river that is dropping, clearing and has some bug life fluttering around. Starting with dry flies, exclusively for the first hour, I found quite a few fish willing to eat a #12 Caddis – a Royal Trude worked well for the chocolate sedge. Most of the trout were small, maybe 6-10 inches or so, but I did move a few good fish on the dry. While observing the my locale on the river, I noticed some flashing beneath the surface. Off the big Trude I hung a #12 Hare’s Ear and proceeded to catch trout almost at will. For a while, it got really good.