Lough Beltra and the Newport river drain into Clew Bay, an area which has seen intensive salmon farming over the past decade(s). Certainly as it used to be practiced, salmon farming very often - often, as in almost invariably - had a degrading, even a catastrophic effect on stocks of wild sea-trout, and the returns of sea-trout to Beltra suffered accordingly throughout the 1990s. I was delighted and astonished, therefore, to fish Beltra together with Markus, Gardiner and Eamonn Kennedy (who has known Beltra and the Newport system all his life) and to encounter numbers of pristine sea-trout...and even to catch a grilse. We also enjoyed warm hospitality from Newport House (http://www.newporthouse.ie/) and would like to thank Kieran Thompson, his family and the staff at the hotel for their gracious welcome and their concern for our welfare. For the record, earlier this week we shared a catch of 35 sea-trout and 1 grilse (5lb.) between the four of us over two days' fishing. The best of the sea-trout were around 2lb.