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Old 02-22-16, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default Need Recommendation for a Fish Mount

Asking for a guest... does anyone have a recommendation for a taxidermist for a fish mount from a photo?

I'm in love with the "Catch & Release Paintings" by Paul Puckett, but some folks really like the traditional look of a mounted fish.

Much appreciated,
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Old 02-22-16, 07:53 PM   #2
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Glad, I believe Cabellas offers the Fiberglass Mounts with pics and if you have measurements. They typically need length and girth.


Big Believer in Fiberglass mounts.

I had some skin mounts that disintegrated after many years and I was hoping to pass them on for generations.
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Old 02-22-16, 08:24 PM   #3
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King sailfish mounts.
I am officially upgrading Gatorbyte from "fly in my ointment" to "thorn in my side". If he happens to elevate himself to "pain in my a$$" I'm gonna blame it on RScott.

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Old 02-22-16, 08:34 PM   #4
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Not in your part of the world but this is a Dukes rainbow replica from a photo and measurements I took stream side some years ago. Broderick Head in Roopville, Dang Near Alabama, GA. Big operation, has done a couple trout for me and does lions, tigers, and bears too. Even elephants.

Ain't cheap- back in '06 or 7 he was $10 an inch as I recall - but bookoo awards.

I have a good friend from church, Terry Eckart, who works in fly fishing at the Cabelas in Acworth. You might have your client speak with him as well.
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Old 02-22-16, 09:54 PM   #5
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He is the only person I would recommend for a trout in Georgia. He is located in Lawrenceville, Ga. I will post a picture tomorrow of his work.
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Old 02-22-16, 10:46 PM   #6
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Pretty stuff
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Old 02-23-16, 05:43 AM   #7
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Both Broderick Heads and Wildlife Taxidermy are excellent choices. Also look at Fortner Taxidermy.

Woody's Taxidermy is also located in Baldwin.
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Old 02-23-16, 06:21 AM   #8
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The most important thing, imho, to consider when purchasing a replica mount is the taxidermists artistic ability. Painting fish, especially trout, can be challenging even for experienced taxidermists. The majority of a taxidermists time is spent with dead critters with hides. You may find that a great deer taxidermist isn't so good with a paint brush/air brush. I would want to see examples of the taxidermists work before I made a commitment.

I have used these folks to do replicas of a rainbow and a cutt. Both turned out well.

This guy does a great job

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Old 02-23-16, 06:41 AM   #9
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...I had a buddy (he passed away last year), who had a big rainbow he caught in Lake Seed at this place... was beautifully done...!!

...I believe it was a natural mount, though...not able to recommend either method...all my mounts are old and done way before they even did replicas...


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Default Dead Animals ....... 8- )

I have always had a dislike of the general practice of hanging dead animals or replicas on the wall. Then again, sometimes it is the perfect thing to do. There are some fish that with a fiberglass replica just set the tone for someone's man cave or cabin. When we had our cabin on Fightingtown I tried through my cousin in Montana to get a buffalo robe but that never quite worked out. My ex-son-in-law actually had a life size mount of a mountain lion he shot with a bow in Utah. Beautiful! Except you needed one very large wall for this thing and it dominated the room! My temptation would likely come in the way of a steelhead or salmon if they exceeded at least 30".

As far as the replicas looking like the real fish, most I have seen are very well done. I would go so far to say, as someone earlier implied, that the replicas done by artists are superior to skin mounts done by the taxidermy folks.

Footnote: Be sure you have signed spousal approval before hanging any thing in the living room ..................
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