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I have been really interested in getting a replica or a skin mount done to go in my office.  I have seen some mounts for rainbows, cutthroats, browns as small as 12 inches.....Also I have see much bigger fish / trout mounted.

My question to you all is for all Colorado species of fish that we fish for, assuming you would get a certain species of fish mounted what size would the fish need to be in order to mount it? either skin mount or replica?

Here is my list
Rainbow 27 inches
Brown 27 inches
CutBow 27 inches
Snake River Cutthroat 17 inches
Colorado River Cutthroat 20 inches
Rio Grande 18 inches (in full spawning colors)
Brook 18 inches (in full spawning colors)
Laker 40 inches
Grayling 17 inches
Musky 45 inches
Pike 45 inches
Bass 21 inches

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As long as its Master Angler size, I would think about it. I however couldnt afford it so I more then likely would take alot of photos to get a replica down the road some day.
 

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What about wiper? never caught one of those....what size would it need to be before you mounted a wiper or a walleye?

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TroutHunter said:
What about wiper? never caught one of those....what size would it need to be before you mounted a wiper or a walleye?

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Don't know about walleyes, but Wiper would be at least 28" to mount. If I remember right, for the master angler award for wipers is 28".
 

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I would have to agree with FISHER32. A wiper 30+ would be a nice mount.. Just make it look aggressive. That would be BAD *** LOL.. But TROUTHUNTER if you catch a hog that ranges from 12 and up as stated by FISHER32 .. Well Id takes lots of pictures and if the money is there ID MOUNT IT ..


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-From what ive seen .. A wiper ranging from 28 to 30 inches in lenght are usually around 9 - 12 Lbs .. And a MONSTER IN THE RING
 

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A good rule of thumb for mounting is 1/2 the world record on any species is a HUGE fish!!

Personally I have these fish skin mounted:

50" Musky
20" Brook Trout
21" Smallmouth

I have caught the following fish with pictures and am waiting for the $ to have a replicas made:

25" Largemouth
28" Rainbow

I think the way to go now a days is to release those trophy fish and have the replica made. They look awesome and will last longer than the skin mount.  I have some other huge fish but mounting them and finding a place to put them would be difficult.. Like the 5' blacktip shark or the 35" Red caught out of the surf down in Texas, or the 40lb. Chinook...

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I dont due mounts, if i kill a fish it gets eaten the rest go back for another day, digi pics and video are more than enough i might go for one of those replica "mounts" though
 

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With the cost of mounting any fish I would be very conservative on what kind if any fish I would mount. I would probably lean towards a 10# walleye as my first choice. My second choice would be any fish that was a state record. But as you know I don't catch anything that big so I can just spend the money I save on gas. ;)

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and with the price of gass you better save a bunch
 

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I would mount anything depending on its meaning to you. For example, the first fish you have ever caught with your kid even if it's a little bluegill would be cool. But then you would teach your kid to be unethical by not releasing the fish right? Personally, the only fish that I think I would mount would be the next state record tiger muskie. At around eight dollars an inch, that is more than I can afford. Replicas are awesome except I haven't seen one that looks like the real thing. Some look pretty good but you can still tell it is fake. Then again as long as you know you caught the fish and have a picture to prove it, it is better to know that that fish is still swimming waiting for someone else to catch it. Just hope it's not me or I will eat it. J/K. Honestly, I am really practicing my catch and release methods and carry a camera and tape measure now so I don't have to take the fish home to measure it like I did with the cat. Man I wish I had released it now :(. Oh yeah, Tim-COS, a 25inch Largemouth!!!! That is two and a half inches bigger than the state record!!!! (showoff). ;)
 

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I agree with ePiC and gotmuskie? I would mount a fish that you want to remember and was of at least Master Angler size. I just want lots of fish hanging on my walls when I'm an old(er) [email protected] so that I can share fish stories with the grandchildren. I probably mounted some of mine a little on the small side, but boy they were big to me at the time and my kid and I had a blast catching them! You should see his eyes light up when I tell the story each time...

Call me sentimental, but I feel it is a way to honor fish and the sport of fishing as well as a way to keep the taxidermists in business. ;)
 

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I'd mount a wiper, but a brightly colored cutthroat has always caught my eye... Like that huge 20 something pound cutthroat or was it a (rainbow?) that is hangin at Sportsman's warehouse (in thornton) that was caught down in the Taylor River.


I wouldn't mind mounting giant sunfish too. Always wanted to do that. Like those stringer mounts up at Cabela's in Sydney (spelling?). Ooohh.. And crappie. I'd totally mount a 3 lb & up crappie that's 15 inches & larger.

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hey trout hunter im pretty upset that a catfish isnt on your list, what about a 50 pound flathead? or a 50 pound blue? i dont like mounts that much, i would rather have a picture, but if i was to mount a fish i would have to go with a 10 pound crappie hahahha meaning ill never get a mount.
 

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good point
also what about a huge carp
 

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For comparison, shown in bold are the DOW's Master Angler qualifying lengths:

TroutHunter said:
Here is my list
Rainbow 27 inches (24)
Brown 27 inches (22)
CutBow 27 inches (n/a)
Snake River Cutthroat 17 inches (20)
Colorado River Cutthroat 20 inches (20)
Rio Grande 18 inches (in full spawning colors) (20 if cutthroat)
Brook 18 inches (in full spawning colors) (16)
Laker 40 inches (32)
Grayling 17 inches (15)
Musky 45 inches (40)
Pike 45 inches (36)
Bass 21 inches (18)
...are you sure you want to go that high on the Northern?
 

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fishing3o3 said:
hey trout hunter im pretty upset that a catfish isnt on your list, what about a 50 pound flathead? or a 50 pound blue? i dont like mounts that much, i would rather have a picture, but if i was to mount a fish i would have to go with  a 10 pound crappie hahahha meaning ill never get  a mount.
Catfish are pretty ugly, but fun to catch. Plus could you imagine a 6 ft catfish mount at 15$ per inch.
 

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that would shure make any taxidermist happy
 
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