Using STOP-ROT in FISH TAXIDERMY
by Dan Jennings
This forty-three inches long, forty pound striper was done using STOP-ROT as a fish tanning formula. This is a fish skin mount with the real head and gills.
Check out these scales. They are flat and tight. There wasn't any hide paste or adhesive used on this mount.
Some taxidermy tips from Dan. "Use a little Borax inside the head so you can firm up the meat, that will make it easier to scrape out. Then rinse out the Borax, and apply STOP-ROT with a paint brush all over the inside of the head.
I then brush on STOP-ROT on the flesh side of the skin and the fins.
I let the skin sit for about a half hour and then rinse it off with water.
I hang it up long enough to drain off the water, and then it's ready to mount."
Those are the real gill filaments you see in this photo.
More fish taxidermy tips from Dan. " After I mount, I brush on another real thin coat of STOP-ROT on the fins, and card. Then another thin coat on the head and underneath the throat, basically any of the "thick" places."
"I use the real gills and leave them attached. You will want to use a brush and be sure you get all the mucous off the gills, and then put STOP-ROT on them."
"Once the fish is mounted, I put a small fan on it for two or three days to help dry. Once dry, it's ready to finish".
STOP-ROT is available from these taxidermy supply distributors and tanneries: Order on-line from high lighted suppliers!
Wildlife Artist Supply Company 1-800-334-8012
Quality Taxidermy Supply 1-888-527-8722
Taxidermy Arts Supply TASCO
Lonestar Wool & Fur 1-919-989-2000
SIVKO FUR, INC. 1-607-698-4827
James Taxidermy Supply (formerly Kings)
WHITETAIL DESIGNER SYSTEMS 1-866-849-9198