I have recently got a few really nice walleyes and I was looking to have a replica or two made. I was wondering if anyone has the name of a good taxidermist for a replica that is near the twin cities area.
If it were my money, I would make the drive up to duluth and see the guys at artistic anglers! Or, wait till the outdoor shows hit the twin cities during the winter months, and see their work there. I have other friends as well that use them exclusively! They do fabulous work, and are not real expensive. They will paint your eyes' however you want. We all know how different a mille lacs eye looks compared to a lake of the woods eye looks or even a BWCA eye can look. Of course this true of all species, but they are good at lots of different versions. Bring in a pic and some measurements and they are truly artists in copying what you want. Their web pic's on eye's will show the differences as well as other species too. It's really pretty cool. And nope, I don't work there, I make pizzas for a living! And I will be needing more of their services someday too!
Thank you for the advice. I looked at their web page. Looks amazing. Now Domino is this the group that has about half the aisle at the SPORT SHOW? If it is... i am going to definately use them. I remember their work.
Yeah i have a big walleye from mille lacs and a couple from Lake of the Woods.
Yep, they are the ones. They 1st got my attention years ago after I got back a crappie back from a dude that was so bad I had to pitch it! So their replicas are a perfect fix to a bad taxidermy experience. Their business has exploded in recent years do to the widespread exceptance of catch and release, which I support. But I do not feel bad if I have to bring one in dead if it's not going to survive. Then you have to be very picky on who you have do your work. I've had too many bad experiences. I would rather eat a 18" crappie and have a replica made than risk paying someone to screw up a mount again. They will make you happy...I'm certain of it!
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988