I'm thinking about getting a really nice brown trout mounted that I caught while fishing for steelhead...I have been looking around the internet and noticed the wide range prices by inch...The taxidermists close by my house were anywhere from $12 to $18 per inch with reproductions costing a tad more....Somebody I work with was saying his brother got a musky done at $8 per inch....I was wondering what everybody else usually pays for fish mounts???
I'm also usually a catch and release fisherman but paying more per inch would add up! Also a taxidermist put it this way, he feels it is important to mount THEE fish that you got not a reproduction.
You probably know the saying "You get what you pay for"..$ 8 an inch ??? I am a taxidermst and I do it to make money and at 8 an inch, not making any money there..You need to take a look at what $8 will get you and I would'nt hold my breath...
I had a small mouth done at $8 an inch about 2 years ago. Last year I payed $12 an inch to have a replica of the same fish done. Why? The first one fell apart, skin started peeling off of the form. You truly do get what you pay for.
Also a taxidermist put it this way, he feels it is important to mount THEE fish that you got not a reproduction.
If a taxidermist said that it has to be because they would rather not do a replica or can not do a replica. Todays replicas are a lot better than what was available 25 years ago. If done correctly most people can not tell the difference. But, they usually are more expensive, not always.
I think my guy is up to about $15 for trout/salmon. See there work, painting ability is everything with fish. Mine look like a photo and "dripping wet". A lot of the fish I see done elsewhere look horrible.
I dabbled a bit in fish taxidermy years ago and the mounting is very easy to do well. I never got around to try painting.
I paid 12 bucks an inch for my repro a few years back. 8 bucks sounds unheard of, that's super cheap and I'd be a little leary. I'd say you'll find 12-15 bucks the norm with some reaching the low 20's.
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