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who are the best fish taxidermists?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by gfields, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. gfields

    gfields New Member

    Who are the best fish taxidermists out there?
  2. Bill Dishman

    Bill Dishman Well-Known Member

    How Can you expect an answer to that question? It's like asking which restaurant makes the best hamburger. There's lots of choices and a lot of opinions
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  3. Probably could start with those who have won world titles and continue to win consistently in the Masters division.
  4. Ron Kelly

    Ron Kelly Active Member

    Dave Campbell, Daniel Blackstone, and Tim Jo are my favorites, but too many to mention!
  5. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Boy, how do we assemble such a list? Active taxidermists? the best ever? who can do such things... I guess I'll try and put some together. In no particular ranking or order whatsoever....

    Don Frank
    Tim Overbaugh (Timjo)
    Mike Orthober
    Gary Bruch
    Frank Kotula
    Paul Czarnecki
    Cole Cruickshank
    Kenneth Bauman
    Brett Wingfield
    Tom Matuska
    Terry Weick
    Chad See
    Brian Noody
    Mike Kirkhart
    Tyler Erickson
    Bill Neuman(spelling)
    Tom Sexton
    Tony Canova(sp)
    Kevin Birznieks
    Pete Harum
    Dave Campbell
    Randy Budzinski
    Doug Petrosek(sp)
    Dan Blackstone
    Jeff Mourning
    Jeff Compton
    Clark Schreibis(Sp)
    Dave Smith
    Tim Perkins
    Tim Gorenchan(sp)
    Mike Krossig(sp)
    Richard Bennedict
    Mike Ross

    I am sure there are some I'm missing, but it's not maliciously. That's a pretty darn comprehensive list of talent. Proud to call most of them my friends.

    Each has a specialty or fish they are more or less known for. But all are active today, whether it be retail or just a hobby. And all very, very good.
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  6. I totally agree with Bill. Too many taxidermists are talented artists. Every burger joint is not the same.
  7. Brian W

    Brian W Well-Known Member

    So many "bests" out there. I will add to Jimmy's list:

    Rick Krane
    Paul Borkowski
    Marty Shimkus
    Jimmy Lawrence
    Josh Knuth
    Kerby Ross
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  8. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    And ...........

    And ...........

    Ron Kelly
    Josh Kelly
    Terry Johnson
    Cory Foth

    And I am sure the list will grow.


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  9. Pescado

    Pescado Biggest in 2011

    Some faces

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  10. Pescado

    Pescado Biggest in 2011

    I do not see Jeff Lumsden listed, so now that is taken care of.
    Dale Cornetet, may he rest in peace, painted a steelhead that was second to none.
    Randy Desarmou is another great one.
  11. LarryL

    LarryL Member

    The late, Ron Pittard
    Don Cameron
    Luke filmer
    Richard Abraham
  12. AnglingArtisan

    AnglingArtisan Well-Known Member

    John Edwards (U.K.)
    Ole Schankes (Norway)...
  13. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    all good. I only listed guys that are still with us today . The one's that have passed on are super valid also!!! Some more so than the living for sure!

    Pretty cool to see the list!
  14. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    I'd be honored to have any big you guys mount my fish.one day when I get more financially stable I can't wait to have some fish done by you guys.
  15. Jeff Brain from Canada
  16. jerryn

    jerryn Member

    Jimmy Lawerence
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  17. AnglingArtisan

    AnglingArtisan Well-Known Member

    Daniel Hroch (Czech Republic)

    Christian Carlson
  18. 1fish2fish

    1fish2fish Well-Known Member

    Talent around the globe. The best are the one's who share their process so I can improve. And so.....a few whom I've learned from who (I think) have yet gone unrecognized:




    Ultimately, it all depends on your definition of....... http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,374357.msg2512728.html#msg2512728

    Ken Newton, Sean Drenth, Steve Klee, Chad See, Steve Silseth, Peter Johnson (Outdoorzman), Christian Carlson, Vincent Fleming, Tyler Erickson (bright future), Mark Oslund, the folks at Advanced Taxidermy.......and on and on, if your Rolodex isn't full of admiration you've reached your limit.
  19. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    I forgot so many! I knew I would. Really awesome stuff. I'd have mentioned Scott too but idk your last name hahahaha. So many talented fish guys. I'm glad you posted the links to vernelsons fish . That hen brown is insane
  20. Jimmy Lawrence

    Jimmy Lawrence Well-Known Member

    Josh Knuth and so many more than don't have time to post or have gotten busy with other things... outdoorsman, advanced, many others. Really great.