Summit Treestands
Carp and Other Fish
Bowfishing
Contributors to this thread:
DL 19-Jan-20
Bou'bound 20-Jan-20
APauls 20-Jan-20
t-roy 20-Jan-20
Feedjake 20-Jan-20
Tlhbow 20-Jan-20
Grey Ghost 20-Jan-20
Shug 20-Jan-20
DL 21-Jan-20
TrapperKayak 21-Jan-20
GhostBird 21-Jan-20
t-roy 21-Jan-20
Zbone 21-Jan-20
DL 21-Jan-20
DL 21-Jan-20
From: DL
19-Jan-20

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There are YouTube videos out there on how to tan fish skins. The picture is of carp skins that have been tanned and dyed.

From: Bou'bound
20-Jan-20
What for?

From: APauls
20-Jan-20
Only use that reminds me of is those warm water holders for when you're sick. My mom used to use that when I was a kid. Haven't seen one in ages. I can't think of a use for that. Walleye skin wallets are big here, but those carp scales are too big.

From: t-roy
20-Jan-20
Any pics of those walleye wallets, APauls? I suppose northerns would work as well, but I would probably be dropping those all the time ;-)

From: Feedjake
20-Jan-20
I'm gonna have to start shooting em in the head...

From: Tlhbow
20-Jan-20
I've seen grass carp and spoons used on selfbow back's.

From: Grey Ghost
20-Jan-20
If the scales stay attached well, and the tanned skins are reasonably flexible and durable, I can envision a few uses for them. Wallets, belts, purses, unique accent pieces to clothing, etc...I bet the guys on LW could come up with some other uses.

However, I know from doing taxidermy work that fish skins lose all their natural color when you tan them. Guys who do realistic fish mounts are exceptional air brush artists, because they have to paint the entire mount, and it requires multiple layers of multiple different colors to do it correctly. I think fish are much more difficult to mount than any fur or feather-bearing animal.

Matt

From: Shug
20-Jan-20
Cool looking

Grant... apparently you’ve never seen my wife’s carp skin jacket.

From: DL
21-Jan-20

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The scales don’t stay on. They’ve been making boots and most anything else that leather is Made from. Just one style and color. Some have used a vegetable tan on fish to make them usable for boots. I know that skin from salmon that have transitioned into fresh water is super tough.

From: TrapperKayak
21-Jan-20
Sturgeon skins look nice tanned. They would make interesting backing, with a row of scutes down the backs.

From: GhostBird
21-Jan-20
Would make pretty nice G-Strings I suppose.

From: t-roy
21-Jan-20
^^It WOULD have a built-in excuse to explain away potential “smellage” issues, Ghostbird ;-)

From: Zbone
21-Jan-20
Bou'bound - "What for?"

Yeah, some fish shins (including carp) are used for backing selfbows, and even laminated bows for the looks, similar to snake skins...

From: DL
21-Jan-20

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From: DL
21-Jan-20

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