A completed fish mount.

Fish Mounts and Replicas

Make A Fishing Memory

Summer is here, which means it’s fishing season in Northern Arizona. Hopefully, you will catch that once-in-a-lifetime fish. If so, think about preserving the memory with a mount or replica. Below are a few tips and tricks and information on the two types of fish taxidermy.

Prep your fish for mounting.Skin Mounts

The one pro of doing a skin mount is you’re getting back your original fish. The cons on a skin mount are the fins aren’t as durable and the mount itself is more vulnerable to damage. Skin mounts can deteriorate over time. Additionally, skin mounts can only be viewed from one side.

For a skin mount, take as many photos as possible when you first catch the fish.  To prepare the fish for mounting, clean the fish off in cold water, and then wrap the fish whole in water-soaked rags. Ensure to cover the entire fish. Wrap the rags in three or four layers of plastic wrap or garbage bags (to prevent freezer burn. If possible, bring the fish to us ASAP; otherwise freeze the wrapped fish. Do not freeze the fish for over three months before bringing it in.

Replicas

Replica fish mounts are more durable. Overall, they hold up better and can be viewed from all angles. The only con of a replica is that it is not the exact fish that you caught. Replica mounts are approximated from images and forms come in pre-determined sizes.

For a replica, take as many photos as possible when the fish is first caught. Take an overall length measurement from the tip of the mouth to the tail. Take a girth measurement around the center of the fish. If possible weigh the fish as well. Provide us the information when you are ready to begin your mount.

Basework

For either mount type, take a few photos of the environment surrounding the lake, stream or river where you caught the fish.

A completed fish mount.

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