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Meet the River Superintendent - David Holmes

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David Holmes returning a fish to the river Thurso David with his border terrier Ben. David has made his quad bike available for use on the Forss riverbanks - a gesture much appreciated by all owners.

 David Holmes first came to Caithness as a youngster, when his father, Hamish, travelled north to sample the wonderful salmon and trout fishing and the untapped sea angling potential. 

Since then, he has become an accomplished angler in his own right, representing Scotland in international championships in Florida in 2000 and in South Africa two years later.

He has nearly 40 years of experience on Highland rivers and lochs, including several years as a ghillie on the Thurso River. 

He lives with his partner, Helen, at the Old Shop & Croft in Westerdale, which he totally rebuilt and restored. It sits little more than a good cast away from Beat 8 on the Thurso River and is just a short drive cross-country to the Forss River.

David lists his interests as fishing and fly-tying, rugby, current affairs and hill walking, which he shares with his Border Terrier, Ben. He always strives to deliver to a high standard in whatever he does, with the added ability to develop new skills quickly.

He is computer-literate and, when invited to take over the task of providing and updating daily and weekly catches on the Association’s new website, was more than happy to add this to his already full schedule of work on the river, seeing it as an integral part of his job.

A highly practical individual with the ability to work on his own initiative, or as part of a team, David brings to his new job as Forss River Superintendent not only his angling skills, but also his experience in project management, building construction and tree surgery.

He is also a certified Bailiff - an essential qualification in his new job - having recently passed his formal exams

Since the beginning of November, David has been working in close co-operation with Mike Wycherley, who, as a member of the new Board and an owner on the Forss since the timeshare's inception, will guide David's activities in a pro-active way on behalf of all owners.

We are, therefore, delighted to welcome David in his new appointment as our River Superintendent, and we wish him every success.