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mink319
07-13-2004, 10:07 AM
Does anybody know of the Fir Brook in the Catskills? Its just outside of Willowemoc, and I am thinking of going canoeing and fishing there. Can anyone tell me anything about it such as ownership, parking, how good the fishing is, and if it is significant enough to canoe?
Below are the links to the topo map and aerial photo:
http://terraserver-usa.com/image.aspx?t=2&s=12&x=664&y=5802&z=18&w=2
http://terraserver-usa.com/image.aspx?t=1&s=12&x=664&y=5803&z=18&w=2

Thanks in advance.

Jay H
07-13-2004, 01:02 PM
Not sure if they fish in Fir Brook but they certainly do in the Willomemoc that the Fir brook runs into...

http://www.flyfishingconnection.com/willowemoc.html

Jay

Mark Schaefer
07-13-2004, 04:13 PM
I have not hiked near the Fir Brook myself so I do not have any direct experience.

According to GORP (http://gorp.away.com/gorp/publishers/lyonspress/willow.htm) brown and brook trout fishing is productive in the Fir Brook. Much of the brook has been state owned since the 1950s. The trail maps show a 2 mile stretch of state land along Pole Road in Sullivan County. I recall reading (and it is readily discernible from the topos) that the Fir Brook was the original course of the west branch of the Neversink. The upper west branch was diverted by glaciers and captured by the east branch of the Neversink. This fact (along with centuries of beaver dams) contributes to Fir Brook being generally wide and flat.

mink319
07-13-2004, 09:31 PM
Thanks for the help guys. I am going there tomorow for some fishing and maybe a small hike in Willowemoc Wild Forest, and if its good for canoeing I'll let you know.

mink319
07-14-2004, 08:01 PM
Today I went to the Fir Brook and the Willowemoc area. The Fir Brook was rather small, too small for canoeing. I tried the fishing on the upper section first which meandered through spruce bogs, and there were no trout just Blacknose Dace. Further down there was Brook Trout where the water was flowing. The area is somewhat remote, with lots of conifer bogs and small lakes. I will definitely go hiking there in the future. Its not the kind of place with spectacular mountain vistas, but nice lakes and bogs with lots of wildlife and good fishing. A great place to XC ski in the winter.