Artificial Trout Head

Submitted by Scott on 3/14/02. ( scottstaxidermy@yahoo.com ) 216.145.172.44

I received a lake trout from a customer that fell off his wall and destroyed the head completely. I'm looking to put on an artificial head but have limited measurements for knowing what size head to order.The customer said it was 36 inches long & weighed 33lbs. From what I can gather it appears the head was just short of 5 inches wide across the top,but unsure of length from back of gill to the mouth tip & from top to bottom.I don't have much experience with artificial heads. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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fish head

This response submitted by mike d on 3/15/02. ( the_taxidermist@yahoo.com ) 208.46.229.133

Measure from the end of the tail to the cliethrum(?),where the back edge of the gill plate would lay, subtract that from the overall length and you will have the head length.
Measure from the top of the head, at the point where the scales stop,
to the throat latch; that gives you the head height.
Measure the thickness of the form between the gill plates for the width.
Width can usually be adjusted some with a little heat; to me the most critical measurement to match is the height- if it is off it's difficult to get a smooth transition from the body to the head.


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