Fish Trophies

Fish Taxidermy coverThe Breakthrough Fish Taxidermy Manual

Submitter: Besides the totally creepy image on the cover, all of the pictures inside are black and white and have their own special creep factor.  Now, don’t get me wrong, my library has other books on taxidermy, but this one is special.  Needless to say, it is leaving the collection. My favorite part is the introduction by the author on the title page in which he laments about the fact that other taxidermists would not help him learn how to taxidermy animals, so he wrote this book to help all the people out there who want to learn. Added to that, every time I see this book the McDonald’s Billy Bass commercial runs through my head. “Gimme back that filet-o-fish. Gimme that fish…”

Holly: Oh, and look! It’s spiral bound! Even better. It’s *barely* bound at all, from the looks of it.

Fish Taxidermy introduction

Tagging, measurements, skinning

Shape and detail

Working with the mannikin


  1. Can I tell you how much a HATE spiral bound books! There is a place in hell for those people.

    When times were better, I would have them sent to the binder before they even hit the shelf.

    1. Spiral binding is really good for books that you want to have open while you’re trying to do what they’re showing you, though. Not that I’d attempt fish taxidermying, but I really appreciate my spiral-bound sewing books that lie flat while I’m following instructions instead of having to put weights all over them to keep them open.

    2. Actually, it’s not spiral bound — it is in a comb binding. Or what the people in offices where I’ve worked called “GBC binding” (which stands redundantly for General Binding Company or something like that). Unlike spiral binding, it is easy to do yourself, with a little machine that cuts the holes and inserts the comb of the appropriate size, which you have previously selected. Supposedly you can also go back in and change or add pages, which you couldn’t do with a spiral binding, but in my experience nobody ever bothered. Comb binding is a step up from a 3-hole-punched publication, but it still says “cheap” and “DIY.” Was this book perhaps self-published?

  2. From the little I’ve seen, it would probably be easier (and less messy) to carve a fish out of a two-by-four….

  3. It’s too bad it’s in such poor shape and in black and white. Well, I’m sure there’s a more modern one you can replace it with.

    Someday I hope to catch a fish worthy of being mounted.

  4. These were not the pictures to be looking at while I eat my tuna salad sandwich for lunch…

  5. As much as spiral bound books disintegrate, it is useful with craft books because you can lay them open flat and look at the instructions while you’re working.

  6. Seems like a useful book for those interested in the topic, unless the tools and techniques have been updated.

  7. Anyone remember those incredibly annoying singing mounted fishes that had a fad about 10 years ago? This reminds me of them.

  8. My favorite part is all of the quotation marks in the explanation. Was taxidermy every actually “learned”? We don’t know! The quotation marks leave us in suspense!

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