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Hey Guys,
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.
 

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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...
 

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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.
 

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You are in Erie, I would recommend you go see Tri-State taxidermy in Waterford and look at the fish he does! Top notch you get what you pay for with him
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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That's for the information guys....Never would've imagined that a fish mount or reproduction would cost that much more than a deer shoulder mount, but understand quite a bit of work go into both!
 

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KravenTheHunter said:
That's for the information guys....Never would've imagined that a fish mount or reproduction would cost that much more than a deer shoulder mount, but understand quite a bit of work go into both!
Stop by the studio when you get a chance. I will be happy to explain the differences between skin mounts and reproductions and can show you examples of both steelhead and browns. My price is the same for both.
I'm just south of Erie off Route 8 on lake Pleasant Rd.
 

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Hey Paul,
Tried to send you a PM but you mailbox is full...That sounds cool and I'd appreciate you taking time out of your day to talk to me about that...I actually called your shop twice last week, I believe anyhow and couldn't get hold of you...Send me a PM if you get a chance....Thank You.
 

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Kraven, I would go with a repro. It will last forever and besides.............you can add a few inches and nobody will ever know..........except you
 
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