Simpson Taxidermy Studio
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Why choose a Replica?
Why choose Simpson Taxidermy Studio?
Information you should know
Types of reproductions, answers to FAQ's and common misconceptions about replicas
What to do in the Field
Reproduction Fish Prices
Sturgeon Replicas and Composite mounts
Price Quote Form
Photos Gallery of reproductions
Finished Reproductions available for immediate sale
E-mail link for information on a specific reproduction
Understanding your price quote
* Catch and release fisherman
Now you can have a visible reminder of the BIG one you caught and let swim away
* Decorating your house and cabin
More durable, easier to clean and not affected by humidity or temperature fluctuations makes replicas the best choice for cabins, boathouses, bars & restaurants
* Gifts for Sportsman
A beautiful fish reproduction makes a wonderful gift for the angler in your life
* Remembering the BIG one you caught & never mounted
Fish replicas let you exchange a fading photo and a memory with a piece of wildlife art that has personal meaning.
* Replacements or Duplicates
Maybe you got your big one mounted, but taxidermy even 15 years ago was not what it is today. Or you want to have a duplicate of your trophy fish to hang at your cabin or office. Replica's are the answer.
* Saltwater fish, catfish & sturgeon
Many fish, like catfish, salmon, and most saltwater fish contain large amounts of grease in the skin and fins. Others, like sturgeon, paddlefish & sharks are almost impossible to mount with conventional methods and have a mount that will last . For these fish, reproductions are the only real solution.
* Faster completion time
Reproductions are usually finished in 1 to 6 months, depending on my current backlog, the manufacturer and when you place your order.
* Vacation Trips
Caught a big pike on a fly-in trip in Canada OR a sailfish while in Mexico? Sometimes, it's impossible to bring a trophy fish home for mounting. And getting a finished replica shipped from a foreign country can be VERY expensive.
For all of these reasons and more, fish reproductions are the perfect solution.
* Experience - I've operated a professional studio in Winneconne since 1987 and I've worked in taxidermy for over 30 years. I've painted thousands of fish and that knowledge goes into every replica I do. My experience is what can turn an average replica blank into a beautiful piece of custom wildlife art.
* Individualized - Every replica I do is a one-of-a-kind created just for you - there is no such thing as an "assembly line" paint job. Using your photos or descriptions, each replica is painted as close as possible to look like your unique fish.
* Craftsmanship - Not a word that is used a lot anymore, but pride, craftsmanship and attention to detail is something I put into every piece of work I do, it's my signature.
* My Guarantee - 100% satisfaction for all clients. If you are not completely pleased with a replica we do for you, we will give you a full refund. (shipping charges are excluded)
* Experienced Shippers - We have been shipping fish mounts and replicas across the USA and Canada for the last 20+ years. We know how to get it there undamaged. And just in case, every mount is fully insured.
All fish replicas are cast from actual fish.
Most are cast from molds made using freshly caught specimens, some are cast from molds of previously mounted fish. The replica "blank" is then made from some form of resin gel coat with fiber layers added for strength. There is NO such thing as a "graphite" replica. More information on the different types of replicas can be found here. Since only 1 mold can be made from each fish, there is usually only 1 pose available in each size from each manufacturer.
Nearly every species of fresh and salt water fish is available as a replica. However, there is a much bigger selection of some species and sizes than others. Very large specimens (record class fish) or species that are uncommon may not be available in some cases or selection very limited to just a few.
replica is not made to match the measurements of
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or scenery bases, are also popular.
These usually include some sort of
bottom (sand, muck, etc.), a piece of driftwood and
underwater plants. They may also include a
water surface and/or lily pads. Because each
base is unique, they are individually priced
depending on size and complexity - inquire or check
the current price
allow you to display the date of your catch and it's
real weight and length. They vary in price
according to style and size. They are
available in several colors of plastic, brass and
aluminum with as many lines as you want.
Wholesale cost of the blank (w/ shipping*) + $7.50 per inch Labor
(Average total price starts around $13.50 per inch)
NOTE: Sales tax for WI residents and shipping the finished replica to you is NOT included.
For many years, all replicas were made from fiberglass and the wholesale cost for a blank from most manufacturers was nearly the same. In the last few years, new companies, newer molding and casting techniques and new materials used by some companies have resulted in some really excellent replicas with thinner fins & greater scale detail. But they often come at a significantly higher cost - sometimes as much as 50% more than the same size/species blank from other manufacturers. However, since many of these companies are new, they do not yet have the wide selection of species and sizes that many of the older replica manufacturers do.
The Different Quality Levels of Replicas ~
There are 3 basic
quality levels for all replicas that I can get from
the 12 different manufacturers in the USA and
Canada. There is a "premier" line that has
excellent detail on the back and belly, fins that
are thin, semi-transparent and detailed and
unbeatable mouth & gill detail. Once finished
you can't tell these from skin mounts. Only 1 or 2
companies make this kind of replica, so selection is
limited and they are the most expensive. They
are also the ONLY replicas I will use for a pedestal
mount as both sides are always good.
As you may have read on
my website (and can see from the differences in the
wholesale cost of your replica blank) - often there
is a huge disparity in the prices charged by various
manufacturers for a similar size blank. This
required me to restructure my method of pricing
replicas, in order to be able to offer the newest
replicas at a fair price and still not
over-charge for less expensive blanks from the
older companies. Charging "per inch" for labor to
prep and paint and charging you only for the cost of
the blank, allows me to offer you every replica
available at a fair price. And my experience
allows me to put the same quality paint work into
every replica I do, no matter what the cost of the
Replicas are painted as "typical" for the species, sex and time of year unless you provide a color photo. With a good quality picture, I can make your replica look as much like your actual fish as possible.
Down payment is 50% of the FINISHED REPLICA price and can be made by check or credit card. At this time - I no longer accept credit cards over the phone or in-store, however I can send you an invoice thru PayPal and you can use a credit card, your PayPal account or pay by debiting your checking account (your choice). You don;t need a PayPal account - just an e-mail address. (call toll-free - 1-877-582-7005 with any questions).
Completion time is generally 2 - 6 months, depending on the manufacturer backlog and my own schedule.
And like all my work, I offer a 100% money back guarantee. If you are not happy with the finished replica, simply return it and when I receive it (undamaged, of course), I will refund the amount you paid for the replica - excluding shipping costs.
* Shipping refers to the cost of the manufacturer shipping the unfinished blank to Simpson Taxidermy Studio in Winneconne, WI. For convenience, this shipping cost may be calculated at 15 - 20% of the wholesale price for most replicas, but in the case of large replicas that have to be shipped via truck, the actual shipping charges are used. Other fees, such as crating or insurance or import/export duties are NOT included in the price.
WE NOW HAVE A DEDICATED PAGE WITH COMPLETE AND UPDATED INFO ON STURGEON HEADS, REPLICAS AND COMPOSITE MOUNTS.
NEW sizes now available Go to our new Sturgeon Page
Custom casting of your sturgeon head - $300 w/o fins With 1 fin - $425 ~ With 2 fins - $500
Drop the mouth tube on any replica head - $100 extra
These heads are cast at Simpson Taxidermy Studio from Lake Sturgeon harvested from the Lake Winnebago system . The replica is made from a rigid casting latex or plastic & filled with foam and finished at Simpson Taxidermy Studio.
If you catch a fish that you want to release (or fillet) and would like to have a replica of it to hang on your wall, you need to get as much information as you can as quickly as possible.
1. Length - Measured from the nose to the tip of the tail, with the mouth closed and the tail spread out.
2. Girth - Measure the girth at the largest point around the fishes body
3. Weight - if possible
4. Sex - Male or female in spawning color, swollen belly, special colors, etc.
5. Photos - Take several good color photos of the FISH (not you and the fish) from different angles. Use a 35 mm or a good digital camera set at high resolution. Try to get both sides as well as close-ups with some multi-colored objects in the background. This will help your camera and the developer get the right tints to the photos. Avoid flash photos or photos in direct sun (too much glare off the fish) or deep shadow and night pictures. The better the photo, the more accurately I can match the characteristics of your individual fish.
While any photo will help me, it is not necessary to produce a beautiful replica. These fish are usually painted as "typical" for the species.
Then release the fish as quickly as you can.
First - Let's see if we can find a match to your fish. Contact me in any 1 of 4 ways:
1. Stop in during business hours
2. Call the toll free number - 1-877-582-7005
3. Click on the e-mail icon with as much of the following information as you have:
Species of fish
Length - in inches
Girth - circumference around the belly, in inches.
Weight - in pound & ounces
Sex - Male or female in spawning condition
Other information - date or time of year it was caught, etc.
Shipping information - if you are not picking up the replica, I'll need your city and state (or province) to give you a price for shipping. (including packing & insurance)
4. Fill out the Price Quote form
Then I'll shop the listings of all the replica manufacturers to locate as many matches or near matches to your fish as possible. I'll get back to you with a selection of replicas in different sizes, poses and price ranges.
You choose the replica you want and any extras (driftwood or habitat, etc), you will be given finished price quote. Price quotes are guaranteed for 30 days minimum.
A deposit of 50% of the total is required to start your order . You can mail a check, pay in cash (local customers only) or use a credit card thru PayPal (Sorry, I do NOT have secure internet ordering) Send any photographs you might have of the fish by mail or e-mail at this time. Please tell me if the want the photos back. I will mail a receipt and a copy of your Work Order to you. The balance is due upon completion and can also be paid by cash, check or credit card thru PayPal.
Toll Free Order Only - 1-877-582-7005
NOTE: All prices are quoted in US dollars.
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There are 3 basic quality levels for all replicas that I can get from the 12 different manufacturers in the USA and Canada. There is a "premier" line that has excellent detail on the back and belly, fins that are thin, semi-transparent and detailed and unbeatable mouth & gill detail. Once finished you can't tell these from skin mounts. Only 1 or 2 companies make this kind of replica, so selection is limited and they are the most expensive. There is a "mid-level" replica that has some of the features of the premier line, but less detail overall, especially in the belly, back and mouth areas. The majority of replica fall into this category. And there is an economy line - older companies that have a lot of molds and selection of sizes and species, but the replicas lack detail, the fins are thicker and solid and there may be some loss of scale detail. These make great replica at a lower price, and with the painting techniques I have developed, clients are very satisfied with them.
As you may have read on my website
(and can see from the differences in the wholesale
cost of your replica blank) - often there is a
huge disparity in the prices charged by various
manufacturers for a similar size blank. This is my
reason for going to a "Labor + Material" method of
pricing and away from the old "per inch" pricing
method. Prices quoted are good for at least 30
days & DO NOT include shipping of the finished
to your home or business. Replicas come with a
hanger, ready to go on your wall. Driftwood or
finished panels are extra, and I can provide
several different types or you can put them on
your own. Replicas are painted
as "typical" for the species, sex and time of year
unless you provide a color photo. With a good
quality picture, I can make your replica look as
much like your actual fish as possible.