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Rainbow Trout expert ?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by double barrel, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. double barrel

    double barrel New Member

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    I've probably done less than 10 in my whole life. However, back in the day before polytranspar and color charts I would research a fish if painting for the first time. Mostly photos from hunting and fishing magazines. Also, I'd study the dead, iced down fish , and with that and the color pics. I would try to get it close. I don't have access to live , fresh out of the water trout. SO.....what color do you paint the upper back on a rainbow trout? If you can, give a "oneword" answer please. Black, yellow, red, blue, brown, purple, green, etc. Just for fun. I just watched a dvd by an expert. Either I'm colorblind or he is, I've been getting it wrong all this time. lol!
     
  2. duxdog

    duxdog Active Member

    I guess if I have to use one word then green. But I would rather say olive green. It won't be long and you are gonna get a million answers or q's on time of year, region species.........
     

  3. I would need to see a photo of the Rainbow that you have in question. There's is no one word answer when the backs of rainbow can very a lot. From a shade of brown to almost blueish green and every shade in between. I also layer different colors to obtain the final color.
     
  4. NOAH@aarrkk

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    As a one color answer, I'd recommend Polytranspar Medium Bass Green #61 (I think that's the color).............a starting point at least................
     
  5. double barrel

    double barrel New Member

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    Thanks alot guys. I always thought they were more of a brown back fish. Then I saw the guy keep laying on the green and another shade of green it just blew me away. He never used any brown at all. Near as I can figure , I'm just color blind and eat up wid da dumass. Thanks for the replies. Also, appoligies to the 8 or 10 customers that I screwed up your mount by painting them brown.
     
  6. Most of the ones I do here in PA. are green or greener. I use photos supplied by my customers.
     
  7. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Even on green backed fish, I somehow almost always am using a brown either to tone, or tint the back color. I never used to, but here lately, it seems every fish I paint has some brown on the back. Weird.

    Like everyone else said, pick a color and go with it . Blue, green, Olive, Black, Brown, or all of the above. Match the photo or idea you want, and go with it!

    Jimmy
     
  8. Monty Artrip

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    Don Frank uses a transparent green with a drop or two of white to give it a little opaque. It seems to give a very nice olive look and can be adjusted to fit your needs.