The shop staff has been putting a lot of day off time in this direction lately. Things are changing fast on the Upper Madison. The ice issue is still pretty crazy around Ennis down to the lake, but upstream of 8-mile is fishable. Varney Bridge? Yep. If dry fly fishing is what you want, now is the time to head toward the Upper reaches of this valley. A day at $3 Bridge this week provided us with many fish looking up toward the surface, both in the cloud cover and the sun. The mornings have been less windy, allowing more midges to pod up on the surface of the water. I like to get to a run, pause and look for noses. Dry fly fish the run, then before moving on, dredge some nymphs to catch a couple more before moving on. Smaller stonefly nymphs, worms and midge or baetis droppers all took fish. In general the fishing still seemed much more winter-like rather than spring-like. Lets keep hoping for some more snow.