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? on scale loss

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Dark Man, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. Dark Man

    Dark Man Well-Known Member

    I got a few walleye from my bud we wants me to mount up for him.They have been frozen for years and while skinning there are scales popping off like crazy.Is this due to the freezer burn or just me handling?Secondly,is this fish going to look horrible mounted up if the scale loss is heavy?Lastly,How would a guy go about fixing the areas that have lost scales?Thanks alot in for any help you guys can offer.

    Jason
     
  2. meopilite

    meopilite New Member

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    Scale loss is due to bacteria or bad handling. Walleye usually dont lose scales like panfish do. I lay fish on butcher paper when skinning. Dont slide the fish around too much during skinning. A little borax on the show side of the fish will prevent it from sliding around. Also, dont bend the skin. Keep the skin on the show side flat.

    Soaking the fish in dentured alcohol will tighten the scales.

    You can get a scale roller to recreate those lost scales.
     

  3. Just for fun

    Just for fun New Member

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    Would your solution work for Crappies as well. As they seem to lose
    lots of scales too.
    I hope his walleye turns out the way he wants it, too. Sorry I broke into this thread.
    It's just that I was going to ask the same, but for a crappie.
     
  4. meopilite

    meopilite New Member

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    YES... use DA on crappies for sure. Soak for about 20 minutes in DA. Sprinkle some borax on show side, and skin out without moving the fish around and without letting the show side skin bend. After skinning, and before final fleshing, I soak crappies in DA again for 20 minutes just to be safe. This technique is used by most taxidermist. Some may have a little variation, but DA is almost a must for crappies.
     
  5. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    This works well, but after you have rolled the scales back in the apoxie sculpt, wet it and lightly run your hand over it to smooth out some of the detail or it will stand out as too detailed.
     
  6. KAMoHunter

    KAMoHunter Proud member of the WVTA

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    bery true about the scale roller sticking out. you have to smooth them out.
     
  7. Just for fun

    Just for fun New Member

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    Can you buy dentured alcohol at your local store or do you have to buy it for
    a taxidermy supply store. I would like to try it on my next crappie.
     
  8. TomL

    TomL New Member

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    You can buy Denatured Alcohol in about any hardware store. It's usually in the paint section.
     
  9. Just for fun

    Just for fun New Member

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    I forgot to ask, how much do I use. I take it that you put enough in a bowl that the fish is covered all the way around. Do you have to mix it with water or just use just pure
    denatured alcohol. I am positive you mean just denatured alcohol. Just checking.