Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
LOTWKIng

Taxidermy Question (Graphite Replica)

28 posts in this topic

Well i was lucky enough to hook into a nice walleye this weekend and took plenty of pictures of it. However it wasnt quite big enough for me to keep the actual fish. I would like to make a graphite replica of it tho cuz the story behind catching it has some value. My question is who does good graphite work? And are you guys happy with the way graphites look?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Congratulations on the catch and commendations on releasing it to fight another day.

I have heard a few people praising Fiber Tech Productions. They sponsor this site. Check out their gallery, and especially the walleye. http://www.fibertechproductions.com/

I have also heard good things about Artistic Anglers.

Good luck with the reprod., congratulations, and thanks for letting that big girl swim for another day!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a 46" northern done by Fibertech and it turned out very nice. The only thing I didn't like is that I could tell he used a muskie blank, it has pointed fins.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would recommend to actually go look at his product at Fibertech. The website is NOT a good gauge on the painting quality.

I have had several done by Fibertech and the speed of the turn around time is amazing.

I had one done by Artistic Anglers in Duluth, and will NEVER go there again. Quality is great, but if you can get in touch with a human being to talk to, you are really lucky. Very poor customer service at Artistic Anglers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another satisfied Fibertech customer. Great service and great turnaround!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Artistic Anglers in Duluth is who I use. GREAT work. You may have to wait a while longer but there is a reason for that. Lots of people use them because of their good work.

I had a 31.5" walleye done and I couldnt believe how much detail the painter got out of the picture. Graphites are only as good as the painter.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I talked to a couple guys down at the muskie show last winter. I know they were running some deals. If you want to wait, you may be able to save a couple bucks.

I've seen fibertech's stuff. It's excellent.

Lax is another really good one to check out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Artistic Anglers does great work. Their mounts are simply amazing! I'm getting a Largemouth Bass done right now in fact. Remember quality and art take time.

-Leech

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fittante also does awesome work.  Check them all, they all do great work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have had 4 done by Artistic Anglers and love them. They are the best IMO. I have had great customer service and the quality is amazing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm having a walleye done by Artistic Anglers right now. They said 8-12 months and that is perfectly fine with me. It took me 30 years to finally get a walleye worth putting on the wall and another year to wait is not that big of a deal. The customer service was great! They asked all the questions of what I wanted done and took interest in where I caught it and what time of year it was. So far, I am pleased with them. I'll have another post when I get it back.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lax all the way. Rick did a 55 x 26 inch musky for me last year. I have a 16 x 20 photo of the fish next to the replica, and it's hard to tell them apart. Color and pattern are almost exact. Head detail is awesome. You can see through the mouth/gills from front or back. And, they have great customer service.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Artistic Anglers hands down!!!!!! I have three fish from Matt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If that would have been me getting the fish done. I would have made them fix it or re-do it. There is no way they should have made a mistake like that!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think one in called River's Edge and they do a really nice job. My dad had a bass done by him and he did all the replica's for the Sportsman's Warehouse in Fargo.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have had a largemouth bass done by Artistic Anglers, and one done by Fibertech.

The fish done by Artistic Anglers is much nicer than the one done by Fibertech, I wasn't very pleased with the fish from Fibertech. The color looks nothing like the picture, and the shape/detail of the fish wasn't very good. In their defense, I never asked them to redo it, for all I know, they may have taken care of it, but I didn't have much confidence after that.

From now on, all of my replicas will either go to Artistic Anglers, or Fittante.

The are worth the longer wait.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its Waters Edge out of Perham MN not rivers edge

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just received notice from Matt at Artistic Anglers that they are starting my replica. They told me 8-12 months and they are right on their projected quote. I think that is terrific customer service.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, I just picked up my walleye today. Matt at Artistic Anglers was right on time and very easy to work with. Any questions that he had or that I had were answered within that day. The detail is unreal and I will definately be having my next one done by him.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here is the Largemouth Bass that Artistic Anglers did for me.

011.jpg

They matched the colors perfect. Couldn't be more happy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wonder how one might beat the quality of those mounts? From what I have seen, Artistic Anglers does a very fine job and the better part is, they should last forever.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have one from fibertech and one from artistic anglers, and there is no comparison, the artistic anglers replica is much nicer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Artistic Anglers hands down!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am very happy with my Artistic Angler mount and will be having them do a few slabs for me soon. The paint jobs are awesome!

Like I have said before the real thing to look for in a reproduction is the paint job. Everyone basically uses the same type of molding. Craftmanship once out of the mold and the paint job is where the good get seperated out from the great.

Do your homework at shows and go with who you think has the best product and who will get it done in a time frame you can live with and at a price you can handle. Believe me you do get what you pay for in most cases.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • borg0196
      BeardyBuddha hit me up this winter, we can go out together. I know some backwater action for ice.
    • borg0196
      leech flutter spoon!
    • eyeguy 54
      thx for the info guys.  maybe we can pop a video or 3 up in a month or so with the different setups. Might have a foot of ice to play with.  
    • eyeguy 54
      not eating. just thinning the herd. took out 5 last week
    • borg0196
      You can use the clam plate with the k-drill, they make an adapter. The K-drill recommends a minimum of 725 or 750 for torque, so you almost have to get the higher end drills. The newer Clam has the gear box which will double your torque with a 2:1 gear ratio. You can pick up the conversion box for $70. They had a deal on those at the show last weekend, as well as the K-drill. The K-drill cuts through the ice like butter, if you get the clam plate and conversion box, you should be able to still get double the torque then. So Clam plate $70, plus the Clam conversion box ($70), and add in the K-drill ($215), and I already have a drill. Brings the total up to $355. But don't have to purchase gas or propane or, light weight, no fumes. I will let everyone know how it works out.