Wild Goose Chase Taxidermy Studio now offers custom fish reproductions!
Fish reproductions are like fish taxidermy, only they don't use any part of the actual fish - all you need to do is measure the length of your fish in inches, tell me what species it is, and send me a picture of your fish or what you want it to look like. Please send as detailed of a picture of you can, and make sure it is of a fresh/live fish. Click here to contact me to discuss details on your fish and to send me your pictures and measurements. I can make most North American sport fish varieties.
The fish reproduction is a realistic mold of a similar sized fish from the desired species that I am able to buy from taxidermy stores and then airbrush the color and details onto it to make it look like your fish. This is a great option for the catch and release angler! It also provides you with a very sturdy mount that is less likely to crack or shrink like fish skin mounts will sometimes do.
Please note that since I am working with various molds and I am painting all of this by hand based off of a reference picture alone, the finished product may have very slight differences in shape, length, or color than the actual picture and measurement you send me. The overall position of the fish, as well as if its mouth is open or closed, will vary on the form available to me. Sometimes you can never get the color of the fish quite as vibrant or defined as when it was alive, and the commercial molds may have slightly different fin or head shapes.
The finished product is sprayed with a gloss coating and attached to a complementary piece of driftwood. Additional habitat aspects will be an additional charge.
PRICES: Fish are priced at $26 per inch, so if you have a 10 inch fish and only want the complementary driftwood with it, your fish will cost $260. Some fish forms may have to be slightly bigger or smaller than the actual measurement you took, and if this is the case, the price of your fish reproduction will change accordingly.
Please note that fish ranging from 8-12 inches are for pan fish (like bluegill and sunfish) or trout only due to form availability. Anything under 8 inches may not be available. Likewise, some very large forms may not be available for all species.
Upon completion of your fish reproduction, Fort Collins area customers can pick up their fish at Dan French Taxidermy, and Denver area customers can coordinate with me to pick up their fish at my studio location in Thornton. Completion can take several months, although I try to complete them in under 10 months.
NOTE: Please note that all sales are final and nonrefundable, and prices are subject to change over time. There will be a 3.0 percent fee on all credit card purchases. Taxidermist and/or company will not be held responsible for the theft, fire, flood, vandalism, tanning, hair/feather slippage or any other loss or damage. The decision and discretion of the taxidermist is binding and absolute and shall apply in any situation, in any disagreements or conflicts and for any fee assessment. Taxidermy is an art form that works with natural mediums, as such there is the possibility for natural flaws or instances where the skin has been improperly handled by the hunter where slight alterations may be needed to create the finished product. In some instances if the skin has been improperly handled, it may not be mountable. While reference pictures may be used, the finished product may not look exactly like the reference picture due to working with a natural medium.