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    Default Taxidermist for a replica?

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    I was fortunate enough to catch a 19.75" grayling on my fly in / float out caribou hunt at the end of August!! Not really sure how a fish like that relates in terms of trophy status but it's a trophy in my eyes! (Only been in AK since last Nov) It was WAY bigger than the ones I am used to catching on Chena River. I was able to get a couple measurements, a few pics (still waiting on those), and after a minute or two of helping the big girl she swam back into the depths!! So for my question, who would you guys recommend for doing a high quality replica mount? I am thinking she will look good with my walleyes on the wall! Between the fish and my caribou that I am also having mounted (first AK big game animal), it turned into quite the expensive trip!!! Thanks for the help!

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    I have no suggestions for fish taxidermists, but I think I speak for many here when I say....PICTURES, man! Come on now, you can't go talking about a 20" grayling without sharing a picture of that beast.

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    I agree with Brian. You cannot tease us without pictures! My vote would be for Mark Oslund. His replicas are phenomenal.
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    Lol, once I get the pictures I will post them up. Waiting on 2 guys who took the pictures to get back to the lower 48 and email them. I just hope they turn out, I was so worried about getting the big girl back in the water that I am a little worried about the pictures. The whole I wasn't the one taking the pictures and all!

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    Picture of my caribou, not a monster but a respectable one! Having it mounted because it's my first big game animal up here and for the memories I made in the North slope! Between the sights, smells, company, fishing, hunting, run in with a grizzly, made for a memorable trip!

    PS...hopefully have pictures of the grayling in the next couple if days!

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    Brad Lance in Wasilla is a fish artist.
    His # is 376-0429.
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    Thanks for the suggestions guys! Well the pictures of the grayling didn't really turn out, not good coloring, no close ups of the fish etc. Oh well, live and learn!
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    Both are beautiful fish and would make a great memory on the wall with a quality reproduction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    Brad Lance in Wasilla is a fish artist.
    His # is 376-0429.
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    I have seen Brad's work, he does a great job.

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    Nice dolly varden and arctic grayling...agreed both great looking fish!

    Quote Originally Posted by frosty31 View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions guys! Well the pictures of the grayling didn't really turn out, not good coloring, no close ups of the fish etc. Oh well, live and learn!
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    Congratulations on your successful trip! If it was me I'd just mount the 'bou antlers on a plaque and call it good. Use the money you would spend on a shoulder mount to get a replica of both the char and the grayling mounted as they are both nice fish. That char really has some beautiful color. JMHO
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    Thanks guys! Tom, to late the caribou is at the taxi already! I am mounting him more for the memories of the trip, what it took to get him, the grizzly I had a stare down with, and the fact he is my first Alaskan big game animal. I know he is nothing special, just a respectable bull but the memories of this hunt make up for in spades! Also, I like to mount my first animal if it's decent. I have my first antelope, white tail, and muley mounted!

    I wish I would have thought about a replica for the Char, it is a beautiful fish and the picture turned out great. Never got measurements on any of the ones I caught. I guess I will have to make another trip to catch more!!

    Thanks again guys!

    Frosty

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    A quick update; I went with Mark Oslund, I am having both fish done, and should have them back sometime this spring. Thanks guys!

    I got my caribou back on Thursday;



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    I have such a hard time trying to decide which outdoor activity to do every chance I get!! Living in AK is a mental challenge

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    Quick update, I went and picked up my fish today. I couldn't be happier! Mark did an amazing job.






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    well I'm jealous....................

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    Pretty thick with the awesome sauce! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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    that man did a great job for you SID

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    Thank you guys!

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    Looks like he did a good job for you. Congrats for one heck of a trip.

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