following are unsolicited candid emails sent to me after their fish
replica arrived. Each email has been copied and pasted directly,
as the customer wrote it .
the replicas today. They are great. We actually did an electroshocking
on the pond a couple of weeks ago. The Bass, Crappie and Bluegill
we sampled looked almost like the replicas. I don't think anyone
will know the difference. We weren't able to shock up any catfish.
They could have been deep. Great job on the fish. They will make
a great addition to the natural history story we are telling in
the Education Center."
Asst. Park Manager
" My Palomino
trout replica arrived today in good shape. Nice job!"
largemouth bass arrived today . The mount is fantastic, the packaging
was excellent. I couldn't be more pleased. Thanks again and I will
have no problem recommending you to others looking for quality taxidermy."
you are a man of your word - the muskie arrived as promised (although
I gave up when it didn't arrive until 8:30 PM) and you did a beautiful
job. My son was ecstatic as you can see from the attached picture."
Thanks for a great job! Bob
" I received
the Pike the other day, but it's been crazy around the holiday,
so this is the first time I had to be able to e-mail you. I just
hung the Pike on the wall,... It looks great, seeing that replica
reminded me of the fun of catching & releasing that nice size
fish,... can't wait to go next year & catch him again, only
he'll be a little bit bigger....Thanks again for the great job on
the Bass & Pike. "
delivered the fish today. Looks great! Thanks very much once again,
"Look to hear from a friend of mine about doing a
bonefish for him. He came by to see mine and was very impressed."
wanted you to know we got the fish. Everything looks great!!!! Thanks
so much and have a Merry Christmas!
should be taken care of, the fish is outstanding and I can't wait
to get it over the fireplace at the cabin. As I stated I got your
web page out on the Lake Wedowee fishing site, almost all of the
serious fisherman post there. Hope you get some business.
Here is the post:
Finally got my replica back today from my "Wedowee monster",
caught this september. I will have to say I am very impressed with
the craftmanship, definitely outstanding detail in the mouth, gills,
fins (fins and gills were attached not molded). Probably costs a
little more but I am proud of the catch and release of such a nice
fish. Final ticket was $318 with shipping.
Here is the web site,
the gentleman that did the work, Kevin, was real nice kept you informed
and delivered a quality product.
As soon as I download the pictures from the camera I'll post "
salmon looks great, you did a wonderful job on it. it looks just
like it did the day i caught it.. the rockfish of dick's looks really
good also. you do a great job, maybe we will send you something
else down the road. thanks again for the good job.
gracie and dick
bass showed up today, it looks really great with the new fins you're
using. I really appreciate the job you did, thanks so much. Look
forward to working with you in the future."
received the salmon yesterday, and I was thrilled to see it. You
did a fantastic job and it almost looks like it will swim away!
Your attention to detail, including size and color were impeccable.
Thanks again for a job well done! "
-Greg C, Healdsburg Tribune
Sports Editor, Healdsburg, California
" I received
the Mount Yesterday and am EXTREMELY pleased with it. You did a
wonderful job. I hit it with a light a certain way and it glimmered.
I plan to soft light it for display that way.
Everything was packed well and supported. No damage at all.
I will definitely recommend you and use you for my next mount.
Thank you For a Job well done"
received the fish last Friday afternoon, and I am extrememly happy
with it. You folks did a fabulous job, made even more impressive
by the lack of photo. You "nailed" my description better
than I had imagined you could.She is now hanging above the mantle
in my living room (I STILL can't believe my wife actually encouraged
me to hang it there!). She's just above a huge watercolor print
of the boathouse on the lake I caught her in -- it' something of
a shrine, now (see photo). That's the Yo-Zuri rattle-shad I caught
her on hanging from her lip.
Anyway, I just
wanted to thank you again for providing excellent customer service,
and a truly great product! If the "fishing gods" smile
on me again in the future, I will most definitely be coming back
to American Fish Taxidermy -- you guys are the best!!
job on the muskie. Just beautiful. More real than I thought it would
the fish as it is and have it hung proudly.
Great work! We love it.
he'll catch a big this winter and we'll be in touch
Have a great
" Sorry I have not gotten back to you sooner. The tarpon mount
looks awesome!! I can't wait to show it off. Shipment went prety
well, a couple of issues but all in all okay. Look foward to doing
more business with you in the future."
just received my replica cut-trout this morning, awesome workmanship.
Thanks for the lasting memory.
Ever done much
saltwater work? I recently caught a 28in. speckled trout."
" I got the fish. Wow they look great, I was in awe when I
saw the king, its just like I remembered! Great work! I will be
hooking up with you in the next 10 days for another mount. Drop
me a line when u get the check, it should be today or tommorrow.
It looks great!
Very nice work. Extremely realistic.
I won't hesitate to use you again."
this morning. Excellent work - really stunning! We'll hang it and
enjoy some cocktails. I'll let you know how it goes with the redfish
later this month."
the fish. It looks great. Thank you."
Larry J. R.
got back from deployment about 3 weeks ago and the fish is beautiful.
You did an outstanding job on it. "
"I received the bass today you mounted for me. My wife and
I got home from the baby doctor and I saw this big box on the porch
with water running out of it and it was something inside banging
all around...with no ime to spare I raced the box into my garage
took my trusty blade and opened the box and DANG the fish was ALIVE....I
grabbed him by the lip and hauled him out the box. Man what a beautiful
mount.. I have a 9lb 8oz 26" largemouth "skin" mount
on the wall, the only difference is that it is thicker than the
replica but that is not really any concern because on the wall you
really can see the diffrence. Thanks alot I will e-mail you a picture
of Nic with tthe fish when I give it to him. I want to extend an
invitation to come and deer hunt or fish in the Williamsburg area
of Va. If you and your dad would like we have some really nice hunting
and fishing here."
the BASS, and it looks GREAT!"
brown trout came out perfect. That 3-D mount came in extremely handy
as well. I really appreciate your work and customer service. "
great. A lot of people dont bother with catfish. Could you send
me a picture of the one you are working on when its finished? What
is your price per inch for catfish? My wife has a fit, but you did
such a great job for me on that bass, I will never go anywhere else
for a replica. Im a restaurant manager, and I know great customer
service is very hard to find. If you can find it, you stick with
it. I had a couple of friends over and they were blown away by that
bass you did for me. The detail is incredible."
arrived yesterday in perfect condition.
Thanks for the superior service. The model looks very
" I received
my fish today. It was like opening a Christmas present. You exceeded
my expectations. Excellent job. Not only is the fish itself exactly
what I wanted and top quality, even the hardware, driftwood and
packing were a top notch job. You kept all your promises from first
e-mail to delivery. I will definately recommend your services to
anyone who asks, and I cant wait to catch another big one.
Keep up the excellent work."
" The fish is Breathtaking!
I loved it! Excellent job!
It was a little lighter in color than I thought it would be. Mainly
on its back.
Everyone that I have shown it to is amazed….Amazed!
Thanks, and I defiantly will be throwing your name out there to
Thanks again for being patient with me."
" I did receive the fish on time and it looks good. I am sure
Chandler will be excited when he gets it on his birthday."
" Received the bass and it looks great. Thanks"Matt
"Got my fish in the mail today....Thanks !!!"
" I'm sorry to again taken so long to get back to you. The
mount arrived in great shape and Cody was absolutely extatic over
it. You did another great job! I've given your calendars out to
my friends too. They've all been as impressed with your work as
I am! Thanks again and I look forward to doing more business with
I forgot to add...please don't hesitate to use me as a reference.
You did a fantastic job under unusual conditions and I was very
impressed with both your artistic abilities and your rofessionalism.
Great communication too. You have made one 15 yr old very happy.
We have been home about 15 minutes and it is on his wall already.
fish today! In any event it made it to us and it looks great (perhaps
prettier than the actual fish I caught). We will drop check in mail
tomorrow.I depart for the Bahamas on Wednesday. Perhaps, I will
catch something else for you to do."
"Received the fish intact from Fedex yesterday, they look very
nice and are already are on the wall! Thanks for the calenders as
well. Do you still have the photographs of the fish I sent you?
If so, could you please drop them in the mail to me - I would appreciate
it. I will recommend your work to my fellow fisherman who may desire
a replica mount. Maybe I will have another project for you this
year if all goes well...."Jack A
pleased to announce the safe arrival of the Barracuda Taxidermy
HRH Prince Ali and HRH
Princess Rym were very pleased with it.
Thank you for
your nice and speedy work. We will be looking forward to dealing
with you should further orders be needed."
Royal Palaces Division / Aqaba
"The fish arrived yesterday, and the work is beautiful. Thanks
for everything, Kevin. I certainly will recommend you to any friends
who are looking for this kind of work.
received the fish mount yesterday. The mount completely met my expectations
and I appreciate your commitment to customer satisfaction. You obviously
take pride in your work and this is exemplified in the work you
did for our mount. Thank you very much for taking the time to make
the changes we requested. We are very excited to display the mount
in our home.
mount arrived yesterday - thank you for a job well done "-Ozzie.
I saw Don and Terry's fish yesterday. They looked good. I am going
to try and find a picture or two of the grayling. I really like
the way you captured some of the iridescent colors in the fish,
it was awesome! The fish we were catching on this particular river
had more of a olive-green base color than gray, they were a few
shades darker and a little more green. But the underlying iridescent
colors were nearly perfect! Did Terry get a hold of you? He is trying
to so he can settle up. I will try and find some
pictures of the grayling. Talk to you later!
" Got the mount and it looks awesome. You guys did a great
job with this one. I am in the process of getting the steelhead
pic made digital so I can send it to you. I only have one shot of
it but the colors came out really good. I will let you know what
I am going to do. Thanks again."
" I just wanted to thank you so much for the fish. My dad said
he got it in Friday. He opened it and told me it looks really really
nice. I can't wait to see it! "
fish mount was an 'AIR SUCKER'--an old Japanese term that when you
see something awesome, one gasps to suck the air out of the room
in sheer delight. let me share with you a visa moment...PRICELESS.
during his birthday party, after the gifts were opened and the fish
mount placed in the other room and things were still very active,
john by himself went to the other room to view the mount...and gently
touch it...I saw it! PRICELESS. PS. Have you got the check as we
see no record of paid here...be for warned that there is more to
come...THANKS AGAIN FOR MAKING SUCH A SUPER GOOD AND MEMORABLE DAY."
wanted to thank you for all of your hard work. My finace loved the
fish. He already has it hanging on the wall. Thank you so much you
did a great job."
" I think
that you do excellent work and, I would at some point, like to have
you do another fish for me. I don't know how many fish you work
on at one time or if you have time at all for another fish, but
if you do let me know how much of a deposit it would take to get
started (about the same size and species as the fish that you just
did for me). "Thanks,
Sorry for being late with this information. The outfitter that we
now use in Canada is:
Northern Wilderness Outfitters Ltd.
Box 637, Fort Francis, Ontario, Canada
(807) 274-3666. Fax (807)274-6656
I believe that they will let you put your brochures in their office.
You might mention that you have done three of their fish.
Ron is very happy with his fish. He couldn't wait after I told him
how much I enjoyed the job you did on mine and Jay's. Hope to see
you again soon if we make our Feb or March trip to Dale Hollow.
recieved the fish fine. It looks great. Thanks alot."
"Thanks for the nice work on the fish. It arrived unbroken
and in good shape yesterday. Thank for the fish calendars. Jack
The mount arrived on Monday as scheduled. Nice job. Look foward
to my son's reaction on Christmas. It was a pleasure doing business
with you. Have a nice Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.
I did receive the fish yesterday. You did a very nice job - it looks
very good! Thank you very much.
Best regards. Michael B
Looks great. He'll be very surprised.
" I received the replica today. You really do amazing
work. Now I have to go catch a 10lb largemouth so
that I can bug you with another project.
Great! It was packed very well and I appreciate it. If you ever
need a reference, feel free to give my mane. Kevin -- I have received
the fish and it is really nice! Very lifelike! Dustin R
" My father
flipped over the fish. Thanks again for getting the new fish to me
so quickly. I'm sure we will do business in the future and I have
referred you to a friend for when he gets a fish to mount. Thanks
again Happy New Year!
I received my fish the other day, it arrived in good shape an it's
just beautiful. I couldn't be more pleased. Thanks, John
The fish arrived yesterday. It looks great. Thanks for everything.
I received the salmon mount and I think it turned out great. Thanks.
" it arrived..
Very happy with the finished product , thankyou. For future reference
for your Aussie customers, Customs sends the product to our local
Post Office for collection and payment of duty and GST based on
the converted sell price. Convert the US price to AUS$ and pay 10%
GST plus about AUS$40 duty, all up was AUS$81, not too bad.