Q: Are your fish mounts fiberglass reproductions or skin mounts?
A: We work in both the skin and the reproduction mediums with our fish taxidermy. It is by combining the working knowledge of both mediums that we are able to produce such exquisite artwork. There are nuances in each standard to be understood and perfected.
Q: What is the proper field care for a fish that will be skin mounted?
A: If you prefer the traditional form of fish taxidermy proper field care is absolutely essential to obtain a high quality skin mount. The steps you will need to follow are outlined in Field Care for Skin Mounts below. The best fish mounts are made following optimal field, so please call if you have questions.
Q: What information do I need provide for a fiberglass reproduction?
A: If you intend to release your fish, we will need the information outlined in Requirements for Fiberglass Reproductions below. If you would like a custom cast made from your fish, please handle your fish properly as outlined in Field Care for a Skin Mounts below. Proper field care will result ing the best fish mount, so please call if you have questions.
Q: How do I care for my finished fish mount?
A: All finished fish mounts, whether they be fiberglass replicas or skin mounts, should be kept out of direct sunlight to reduce fading from UV light. They also need to be dusted to keep that "just caught" luster. Skin mounted fish must be kept away form a heat source (such as a working fireplace).
Q: What species of fish do you mount?
A: From freshwater to saltwater, warmwater to coldwater, if your trophy has scales and fins we can mount it. We can create either a skin mount or a fiberglass reproduction depending on your desires.
Q: Do you specialize in certain aspects of fish taxidermy?
A: We specialize in fish taxidermy, and there are three types of fish mounts. They are traditional skin mounts, fiberglass reproductions and custom molded fish reproductions. We are one of the few taxidermy studios in the world that are proficient in all three areas.
The traditional form of creating skin mounts is a dying art. The realism created in sculpting an accurate fish body, the complexity of handling and mounting a real skin, and then the detailed painting required to produce a perfect specimen can only be accomplished by a master.
Fiberglass reproductions require the skill and knowledge of a master fish taxidermist. In order to make a piece of fiberglass look like a live fish, time and expertise are required.
The most demanding area of fish taxidermy is creating custom molded fish reproductions. Most taxidermy studios order "fish blanks", or fish reproductions, from a manufacturer. We do not. We are capable of molding a trophy fish, a skill most fish taxidermists do not possess. We have an extensive line of our own fish replicas, and the fish reproductions we produce are award-winning.
Q: Do you participate in the "Release a Hog Program"?
A: The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) is a non-profit organization located in Alaska, which sponsors a program promoting the conservation of Kenai River king salmon. This program is called "Release a Hog Program" (a.k.a. Trophy Mount Program).
To participate, a qualifying angler must first catch and then release a Kenai River king salmon that is 50 inches or greater in length. An $800 certificate towards the taxidermy of a King salmon mount will then be awarded to the angler who participates in the conservation effort.
Since the inception of this program, we have worked closely with KRSA in promoting these conservation values. As an effort to encourage participation in this program, we reduce the price of our King salmon reproductions to show participating anglers our appreciation of their conservation efforts.
Please contact the KRSA at 907-262-8588 or visit www.kenairiversportfishing.com for more information on this program.
Q: What is your turn-around time?
A: This varies depending on the project. Call for an estimated turn-around time.
Q: What is the price of your work?
A: Prices vary according to the species of fish, and extras such as panels, background or the habitat involved. We tell people they are only limited by their imagination and your wallet. Please see our standard fish taxidermy prices for details.
Q: How will you ship my completed fish mount?
A: Your trophy fish mount will be carefully crated and is typically shipped via Federal Express. We ship worldwide, and every shipment is insured.