Kevin Lyons reports in from Melview Lodge in Co. Longford on some great fishing for French visitors.


Angler holding large pike
A great finish for Arnuaud Landrieu

French anglers Etienne, Arnaud, Michel and Alain finished up their holiday with 195 Pike despite some poor weather conditions and very high water levels. Casting / Jerking both hard and soft lures they managed some cracking pike fishing during their stay here at Melview Fishing Lodge.

Man holding large pike
Michel with a nice fish from the flooded margins

High Water

Water levels continued to rise throughout the week as the land waters drained off into the Lakes and Rivers. The guys taking into account the constant changes made changes of their own tracking down the fish as they moved out of the ever increasing flows and to more calm sheltered places to lay up, but there was no hiding from these guys. In some cases the guys were catching from where there would normally be a grassy bank, the water was that high.

Man holding large pike
Alain fishing the margins in high water

Host Kevin said, in these conditions this was Pike fishing anglers at their best. Well done guys, you put the work and knowledge in to your fishing and deserved great result at the end. And this was all rounded off with a couple of nights of good old Irish hospitality in the town, a great time had by all.

(All fish returned unharmed)

Etienne is all smiles


Go Fishing

Kevin Lyons
Melview Lodge
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Longford, Co. Longford
Tel:+353(0)43-33-45061 Mobile:+353(0)87-268-7441
E-mail: [email protected] Web:

Kevin has over 30 years experience of fishing in Ireland and is happy to offer a guided tour on your arrival, and to advise where the on-form waters in the area are. We can arrange your bait order so it’s here when you arrive. Melview offers free use of 17ft lake boats with engines to our guests (pay fuel only) and Kevin is happy to assist with any pre-baiting requests. Maps and other information regarding fishing are also available.