All other parts in perfect new condition. It does not show when displayed as it should be (as in the first photo). I believe the fin came off in or right after it left the shop due to the position of the wood grub screw, setting the fish too close to the top of the base. This did happen to some of the big sky trout carvings I have seen and this does not mean that the item was defective or inappropriately handled. It takes nothing away from how good this piece really is.
The item "Vintage Big Sky Carvers William Bill Reel Rainbow Trout Fish Decoy Carving RARE" is in sale since Thursday, January 28, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Animals\Fish & Marine\Fish". The seller is "xz22" and is located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.