Colorado’s record heat and vicious fires are creating a lot of anxiety throughout the state. It is already making for some stressful situations for the state’s trout fisheries, and we aren’t even in to July. We recently needed a fish fix, and what better way to escape the suburban oven than head in to the high country. We hiked in to a pretty alpine lake, and messed around for a couple of hours. Waist-deep in icy water, we were temporarily relieved. Now, I’m no fan of brookies here in the West. But, these fat and gaudy fish helped us forget, just for a while, the suffering being endured by many in Colorado facing the flames of massive wildfires, and the relentless heat to which we would soon return.