Have you guys seen any graphite mounts of fish. I'd propose that if you get a fish to mount that a replica of it would serve us all . Real fish tend to loose the quality look after time passes. The graphites look new all of the time and that fish gets to live and procreate.The cost is about the same. You should take a quick photo with a length and girth measurement for the taxidermist to refer too. You will be much more happier with the mount as time passes and no one can tell the difference unless you let the cat out of the bag.
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When it comes to a graphite mount it is all in the paint job. I've seen some stunning ones and I've seen some stinkers. Replicas are the way to go just make sure you go to someone who is recommended and whose work you have seen. Also make sure you get good pictures in good light. I have seen a fish or two thats picture was taken with the sun shinning right on it and the artist who painted the replica didn't take that into account. Looked like an albino walleye, almost entirely white with just a little gold on the back. Also make sure the head is posed good and that the gills aren't flared oddly, some guys will make the replica look just like the pic and if you are holding in a way that the gills flare weird you will have a weird looking replica.
Down here the fiberglass ones have become real popular, even for people that keep their eating fish, b/c they last so much longer. Yes the paint job is very important so going with a quailty company that has a good reputation is key. If you are going to keep a f-glass mount where it gets a lot of sun you should ask for paint that is more resistant to sunlight, I read somewhere that that is also available. Also, they told me to get a lot of measurements if possible, length, girth, even any fin measurements that you can. I am currently in the market for a f-glass mount of a 37 lb. dolphin (fish, not Flipper) that my wife and I team-caught in December (she fought till she got tired & I finished) and have done some research on people who do the mounts.
My wife and I have 15 mounted fish on our Trophy Wall and none of them have any look except great.We generally take a dozen photos of the fish to get all views and color differences due to lighting,etc.A repudable taxidermist will ask you questions until you want to kick him.We have never had any trouble and our fish look ready to jump off the wall
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