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Spawning Coho question

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by brikster, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. brikster

    brikster New Member

    Just a quick question for you salmon experts, what colors do you use to recreate the pinkish,orange color on the side of a spawning coho?

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  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Paint what you see. Reds, orange, yellow is what I can see in this pic besides sienna over flesh. Also get yourself a color wheel, that will aid you in this quest.

  3. Steve.J

    Steve.J Member

    Are you using a reproduction or doing a skin mount? Other details to consider include but aren't limited to would be pupil shape, fin positioning, and spawning scale tipping. Coho Salmon have a distinct pupil shape. Almost diamond-shaped as opposed to the standard tapered fish pupil on most all commercial eyes. Fin positioning is critical. Look at live swimming reference. The paired fins usually present nice flow with the body. The trail edges are usually tight against the body and the fin itself doesn't extend past a 45 degree angle outward. I constantly see mounts with fins just stuck on at 90 degrees straight down. That's just wrong. And take a look at the scales on dark spawners as compared with bright chromers. Spawning fish have thicker skin up around the scales usually with very little refraction. Scale tipping with a darker color can still enhance the scales and give a realistic look without the refraction of a bright silver. Lastly, keep in mind there is a lot more to color than first meets the eye. Break it down and study it.