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Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by DocEsox, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. Down to finger typing due to this lovely thing on my right arm:


    Had surgery on my right forearm for what amounts to severe chronic "flyfishing" (tennis is most other places) elbow.....just got out of a 2 week cast, have 8 weeks of the above critter and then at least 4 weeks of rehab before the doc says I can touch a fishing rod.......just shoot me now!! :'( Fished a week before the surgery just to be sure.....and yup, by the 2nd dolly I was crying.....by the 20th I was shaking from the pain.....guess I could have put the rod down but that never entered my mind at the time.....just stuck the elbow in the 40 degree water every so often to numb it up.

    Anyway I do have a taxidermy question and quandry.......so many just say when you catch a really nice fish to just release it too as you can always get a replica. True....BUT you can't always get one that has the same dimensions, or because it have unique length to girth issues....very aggravating. I have been wanting to get a replica of a beautiful butterfly peacock I can several years ago in the Miami area.......



    Fish was a bit under 8 pounds but you can see he was fatter than most pigs...measurements were 22" X 17".......haven't been able to find a blank very close to those measurements.....but then I am not a taxidermist...just a wannabe. What do you do for someone if you can't get something real close?

    That's why I smacked a 4 lbs white bass on the head in the spring so DougP could give me a nice skin mount....

    Brian....BTW finger typing sucks.....
  2. JE

    JE Active Member

    That Sucks Doc, I hope you get to fly fish again sooner than later. You could always try left handed ?
    As for finger typing, that's all I know. LOL

  3. Perca

    Perca Active Member

    That's just one reason why I am a strong advocate of skin mounts. Unless a fisherman gets his own fish molded and cast, he will be buying and displaying a fish that someone else caught!!. IMO you made a very wise decision to have a skin mount of that white bass done by DougP. ;)
  4. Sikk

    Sikk Member

    Wow Doc, my heart goes out to you. I fight the same injury, but not any where near that severe. Star fish has a 22" 7.5 # blank. no girth given. you may want to give them a call for more info. paul
  5. Rick Krane

    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    To many wonderful beautiful gorgeous fish on the end of your lines! I have seen this before! Please get well soon!!!!

  6. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Doc, I'm in the same boat as you. In the last year I've been through two cortizone shots and then an experimental platelette injection about 6 weeks ago (would not recommend, very, very painful!) I've been doing therapy since then and have it for three more weeks before I'll either be on the mends or at that point they'll do surgery (and then three MORE months of therapy after that). The therapy and specifically the deep tissue massages are brutal. I can handle pain - I've had a root canal with no numbing whatsoever and this stuff is worse. Such a frustrating, stupid injury! I've been out of work for three months now. I guess if they go in and shave the tendon I'll do a splint for a week and then the three months of therapy (again). But, doc says that the surgery/therapy WILL do the trick if it comes to that. I just hope I'm good enough for this coming deer season - lol!
  7. I feel for you FishArt....it is just so aggravating but makes certain uses of your arm so painful (guess I don't have to strike every fish like its a marlin.... ;D)....wish you the best. BTW the surgery is highly successful when the other modalities haven't helped out....still hate being married to this full arm splint for another 8 weeeks.

  8. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Must be a slightly different injury. I just have it on the outer elbow. (Do you have it on outer and inner?) At one point I couldn't lift my cup of coffee without pain unless my arm was tight to my body. I'll only have to do the splint for a week if I opt for the surgery. I feel sorry for you -8 weeks, yikes! After the platelette injection I basically had no use of my right arm for nearly two weeks and that SUCKED! Some things I just had to learn how to do with my left hand (if you know what I mean - lol!) I thought being on crutches sucked. It's not until you have no use of your dominant arm when you realize what little you can do!!!! A very, very frustrating injury that's for sure! Good luck!!!
  9. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Have you guys ever seen anything like this?


    I ruptured a bursae sack in my elbow last summer cutting galvanized pier posts and tightening bolts as I adjusted pier heights. It even made almost my entire fore arm black and blue which puzzled my doctor. When your doctor says, "My that's very interesting. I've never seen that before," when observing all the bruising it kind of makes one nervous. ;D

    Fortunately it didn't hurt as bad as it looks and I was able to get back to normal in a few weeks.
  10. I'm thinking there's an alien growing in there.....ouch :-*
  11. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

    Elbow may look a little abnormal, not sure...but that hair is definitely abnormal. Ken Walker.....I think I've spotted a Big Foot. J/K

    Dude, that looks painful on the real side. I once blew out two meniscus discs playing ball. Talk about some gut wrenching pain, but only half as bad as when they ran that needle under my kneecap on four different occasions to drain it. That was so bad that on one of the drainings it cost them a hospital bed as I riped the hand rails of the side of the bed as four interns tried to hold me down so as to not bend or break the needle off while wanting to lock up my leg. Thats a no can do, but try doing it when in that much pain. Almost impossible. Natural reaction is to lock up tight.

    Hope you guys all heal up well and get back to doing what it is you do.
  12. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Gnarly Cecil! My elbow looked like that BRIEFLY when the doc injected the cortisone. I wasn't looking but my oldest boy was with me and I saw his eyes get big so I looked over. It looked like a golf ball under my skin. A minute later he rubbed the stuff around and it looked nearly normal. Pretty freaky looking though for that brief period. My boy was in killing two birds getting his knee drained from a torn meniscus/surgery. He's back to normal. Us older farts take forever to heal and then you injure something else - lol!
  13. MichaelG

    MichaelG TRAINEE

    Get'n old sucks! I started getting those pains in my right arm a few months ago. It's not bad throughout the day as long as I stay busy but real darn painfull when I flyfish or play softball. What are some of the therapies they have you do?
  14. Oh My...this is getting ugly!!!
    You guys get on the mend so you can get back to that fishy stuff.

  15. roundyracer

    roundyracer been to the mountain and seen the elephant.usmc 68

    So glad I attend these fish post.I learn so much.
  16. K.N Fish Taxidermy

    K.N Fish Taxidermy Kenneth Newton Phone#804-867-7736

    Wow hope you get better soon Doc! That really stinks. I feel for ya! Cecil that is just....wow I can't find any word to describe that. Are you sure that didn't hurt at all??? LoL!
  17. den007

    den007 Active Member

    Cecil.......get out the Dremel and Epoxy Sculpt..............remember, with those tools, there ain't 'nothin you can't fix! By God, you are a taxidermist my man!
  18. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Seriously it didn't hurt much at all; just looked bad.

    Doc I hope you get better soon!
  19. oldyellowdog

    oldyellowdog Member

    Cecil, that looks like the same lump as the one on that peacock bass.... are you turning into a fish?? :D :eek: Dan hoping evryone is doing well, as I go fish for the summer....lol
  20. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish New Member

    I'm sure you saw the selection of 23" X 15" Peacocks at Lake Country Replicas, and you are looking to get closer to the girthyness of your fish. I didn't see anyone suggest talking with Ron Kelly. He doesn't sell blanks, but he does (or did) quite a bunch of peacock bass replicas. He might have something you'd be interested in. Website is: http://fishcreations.com/index.html . Maybe you've been down this road already, but I thought it might be worth a shot. Fish seems real special to you, as it should. Beauty.
    Best, Scott