1. Welcome to Taxidermy.net, Guest!
    We have put together a brief tutorial to help you with the site, click here to access it.

Fish Identification

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by dbg, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. dbg

    dbg New Member

    Hi, was wondering if someone can identify the fish on this mount which I bought at an estate sale to resell.

    I actually threw my hat in the ring for my first taxidermy repair too. 4 of the fins were bent or cracked, most notable the bottom middle and right ones and I repaired them with lens tissue on the back and built up some modge podge on both sides. Also reglazed all of the fins where the finish was flaking, again with some modge podge. Worked perfect for a complete novice!

    Also, I have no idea how to rate taxidermy / paint jobs for fish. So could if you know what the fish is could you also rate the mount on a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 best?

    Thanks to anyone who can help! I really appreciate it.

    Attached Files:

  2. warthog

    warthog Member of VVA and VFW

    0...a big fat zero

  3. Nasty rainbow trout, worth nothing, great piece to toss int he trash.
  4. dbg

    dbg New Member

    Good thing I'm only into it for $2! :)


    the eyes and board are 2 bucks
  6. Brian W

    Brian W Well-Known Member

    Answer: I think an M-80 would clean it up a bit..... ;D

    Attached Files:

  7. Steven Klee

    Steven Klee Steven Klee Studios


    Attached Files:

  8. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Well just like the circus says theirs a sucker born every minute. Sorry that you wasted your time and money into this. Yes it is a Steelhead but it's a shame of a mount.
  9. Looks like they way I felt the next day after a good night in at the bar! :eek: ???
  10. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

    Done right, it could still look great. Probably, it would only really be worth the effort/cost as a sentimental piece, and as an estate sale purchase I suppose the proud memory of catching this fish has passed on with the former owner. But it could be resurrected.
    Best, Scott
  11. Brian W

    Brian W Well-Known Member

    I believe Scott wants to work on that one for you...... ;D
  12. AnglingArtisan

    AnglingArtisan Well-Known Member

    If this is the reference photo used by the original artist...I say GENIUS!!!!!!

    Attached Files:

  13. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    You guys are pathetic. I've learned to live with the jealousy of other taxidermists over my fish mounting abilities.
    Brian, if you want to come down and learn how to mount like that, you're more than welcome; you won't have to be ashamed of your work anymore, I'll help. We'll have a few beers and in no time I will have you mounting just like the fish pictured here.
  14. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    Truth---that head looks like a smoked herring from the grocery store, LOL
  15. Harum

    Harum Active Member

    Got the fin pockets right ;D
  16. JE

    JE Well-Known Member

    It actually looks as though it was fastened to the board and left to dry out !
    Although a very extreme case it would make a great pic for a web site to steer people towards a replica,
    can I use it ?
  17. Brian W

    Brian W Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a plan.....the beers I mean... ;D.....and I think Rich nailed that reference pic. You can really see how very important reference is........
  18. Bryan Russell

    Bryan Russell Active Member

    Put it in the month in fish thread cause it can't be criticized 8)
  19. Brian W

    Brian W Well-Known Member

    He asked for a rating Bryan........and I suspect it was just to get a reaction (he knows it looks like Rich's ref pic...lol). So, mission accomplished.
  20. den007

    den007 Active Member

    Madre de Dios!

    I have an idea. Now that we can buy Cuban cigars………we can send them some of our "vintage" cigars. That is one big stogie.

    Standards in the USA? Not for our politicians, police, and especially our DNR guys that protect and serve our vast wildlife resources. LOL