I thought it would neat for me to post the progress of the steelhead I am mounting, as it would be good for those whom wish to follow the process from beginning to end on what happens when mounting a fish. So over the next few months I will post updates to this thread as I work on the fish. 2/15/05 Fish was thawed and measurments of the fish were taken. 3 measurments on the body were taken to gather info on which foam form I am going to use. 3 measurments were taken on the head of the trout, so that a correctly sized head could be ordered if needed, as I am going cast the original head and will use the measurements taken in case of problems with the casting process. I determined the side of the fish that I wanted to be the show side, and that side was the right side, or RT (right turn). After planning and measurment taking, it was time to skin the fish. An incision was made on the left side of the fish's lateral line from the tail up to the pectoral girdle. 30 min after starting the meat from the fish was removed. Head of fish was removed after skinning and saved for future casting. Excess flesh was removed from skin, Fin joints were cleaned of meat, tendons, and fatty tissue. Skin was then rinsed in water. Then looked over the skin once again for any further tissue that needed to be removed. Tail bones were trimmed as close to the base as possible and cartilidge was removed as needed. Rinsed fish skin again. Degreaser was used to remove oil deposits from skin. Left degreaser on for 20 min and covered with plastic. Removed plastic after 20 min, and rinsed skin in water. Final inspection of skin was done before placing into the tanning solution. Fresh tanning solution was made, and fish skin placed in it. Thats the steps completed on day 1.