Fish Taxidermist

Decide which type of work you want to have done. In the olden days, fish taxidermy always involved preserving the actual fish. Today, with the popularity of catch an release, this is often not an option and fish taxidermists are therefore offering fish replicas for anglers. If you wan't this type of memento, you do not need to bring the actual fish to the fish taxidermist. Instead, you provide the taxidermist with details about the species, size, weight, sex, and so on. Some taxidermists will also ask for a photograph of the fish in question, so it can be a good idea to snap a photo of your trophy catch before you release it back into the wild. If you want to preserve an actual fish, look for a fish taxidermist specializing in real animals. If you want a perfect replica, go for a professional specializing in this type of work. A person can be highly skilled in one category and quite clumsy when it comes to other types of work, so look for specialization.

  • It is important to make sure that you hire a fish taxidermist. A person knowing exactly how to preserve elks and deer doesn't necessarily know what to do with a bass. Some taxidermists even specialize further, e.g. by only doing saltwater fish or fish above a certain size.

    trophy trout to bring to fish taxidermist

    • Make sure you communicate with the fish taxidermist about your wishes and expectations. This way, you can see if you seem to be on the same page. Do you want a wall mount or a flat surface mount? Do you want a shiny mahogany plaque or water drenched drift wood? Do you want your fish to be surrounded but anything special, e.g. sea shells?

    • Reputable taxidermists tend to proudly display examples of their work in their shop or on their web page. Look at their previous work – is this what you want? Is the quality high? Are the animals life-like? Is this your preferred style?

    • When you see a particularly well preserved fish, don't hesitate to ask about the name of the fish taxidermist. Even if you don't have a fish to preserve today, the information may come in handy in the future.

    • When looking for a fish taxidermist, ask around among other anglers. Do not limit yourself to anglers in your area - visit angler forums online as well to get more options than the fish taxidermists working in your immediate vicinity.

    • If you visit a sportsman show for anglers, take the time to stop by the stalls where taxidermists are displaying their work. If you find anything you like, get their contact information.

    • Before you pick a certain fish taxidermist, do an online search to see what others have to say about him, her or the company in general. Of course, there is plenty of gossip on the Internet that isn't true. Just as in the world outside the Internet, you need to be able to sift through the available information, looking for useful gems.

    • Popular fish taxidermists can have a very long waiting list. How long are you prepared to wait for your trophy? Never engage a fish taxidermist without asking about the estimated time of arrival.

    • Don't let price be your only guideline when choosing a fish taxidermist. If the fish is worth spending money on preserving, it is worth spending enough to get a good result. Pricy doesn't automatically mean better, but be weary about prices that seems “to good to be true”.

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