Fish fins and tail

Submitted by jaco haar on 4/9/05 at 3:44 PM. ( )

I have done my first fish mount a couple of days ago (skin method).
I could not get the fins to splay out.
Did I not cut the tendon?
Or did the fins dry out too much in the freezer.
Thank you,

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Sounds like they were dry.

This response submitted by Todd B on 4/9/05 at 8:21 PM. ( )

Only you would know if the fleshing and skin cleaning was good enough. But it sounds like the fins could have been dry. I will usually spray mist a little water on my fins as I am mounting. That way the fins do not dry out. It is hard toi say without looking at it or watching your process.

Todd B


This response submitted by Steve D on 4/10/05 at 8:37 AM. ( )

Did you card the fins?

Rewet them

This response submitted by Frank E Kotula on 4/10/05 at 8:45 AM. ( )

Take some paper towels and wrap them up and wet it down. Cover it with plastic. Come back the next day and the fins should be rehydrated that you can do some work with it. Like always there is never a guarantee that it will work.

If that doesn't work...

This response submitted by Cecil Baird - Baird Fish Taxidermy & Fish Farm on 4/10/05 at 9:54 AM. ( )

as a last resort take a scalpel and cut between each ray and then spread out the fins before carding. You can fill in the gaps later with your fin backing.

Next time make sure you fins are not dried out!

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