At the time, I knew nothing about replica mounts, and frantically searched for the best taxidermist as my trout lay on ice in the garage, carefully wrapped in moist paper towels. I found Dave Tuttle, an award winning taxidermist, about an hour from home. When I got there, he took one look at the fish and said, "don't you want to eat that thing?" Then he explained the benefits of a replica mount, took some pictures, assured me he'd make a carbon copy, and off I went with my fish. Skin, Dave said, was not the way to go anymore.