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  1. Plenty, not sure what you're looking for but...Danny didn't really have a "shop" in my opinion. He worked in the basement, had a lathe that had obviously seen use along with all his other tools, kept his grommets and hardware in glass jars, had marked templates (very basic), marked samples hanging around with a notebook with specifics, orders, etc. Did not clearcote, he mixed two parts together that were not designed to work together. Had a tote (covered) filled with the mixed epoxy and cut plywood to fit inside, he had drywall screws thru the plywood and screw his plugs on to paint and then place the plugs in the mixture and wait for any bubbles to cease. Suspend and let drip and place another loaded board in the mixture so there was often a batch getting treated. He did this with the primary sealer and with the top coat. He dried near the boiler. He tied all the hooks himself and did not use a vise or bobbin, he held them in his hands to tie. I teased him about it but it worked for him. He went from the bucktail trebles to bucktail singles as he could tie them 3 times faster as he didn't have to rotate the treble and could tie a single in one step. There was a wire in the basement with samples, one-offs and orders so I often saw who ordered what and usually left with the one-offs if they weren't a sample given to him to be reproduced. Orders to be picked up were in plain view with purchasers names or intended club orders. Often Danny showed me anything special (in case I wanted to buy some too) and told me about others special requests. I assume he told others about mine too. He asked what kind of stuff (spinning rod) guys were using in the Cape because he wanted to stay current in his offerings with the explosion of popularity Rebels and such were having in the late 70's. He had NO idea what Needlefish were and called and asked me to show him some and where to put the lead as he was told they sank, he thought they were stupid and stupid easy to make with no metal lips to make, he had requests from Coleman for stubby's we called Pocket Rockets. Danny went to Long Island City some nights to get pallets for the wood. He bartered for anything and everything including grommets, hooks, bucktail, stainless, plastic bag sleeving, you name it. I don't know how often he bartered vs purchased but he had a LOT of connections. He loved to talk and often discussed non fishing related issues and really knew a lot of fishing guys and was very responsive to their needs. From a business dealings standpoint he was a pleasure to deal with and we never had any issue that I was aware of.
  2. I now live in Canada. When I lived on LI rustproofing at the time was thick and "waxy". Maybe things have changed down there since but up here everybody rustproofs their vehicles. None of the products are "waxy" but are liquid and never dry to the touch by design. The liquid consistency allows for further penetration and product literature explains how this viscosity "creeps" into nooks and crannies and since it never dries will continue to do so indefinitely as the vehicle is driven and flexes, etc. The price to do an entire car/SUV/pick-up is under $100 CAD (cash) and annual or every other year "touch-ups" take a few minutes and usually run $35-$50. Prices vary but the products they use, there are several brands, are all similar in viscosity and work much the same. There is absolutely NO comparison between these products and the older types I formerly used on Long Island. These are so much more effective it is like night and day. Some brands have a slight pink hue while others are clear or brown as an aid to see missed areas during application. There seems to be no need in cleaning a used vehicles undercarriage first as product is applied using extreme pressure. I watched an older pick-up with caked on dried out mud get sprayed and there was not a speck of dirt left after application as the pressure "sandblasted" the undercarriage and looked like brand new when finished. I wouldn't consider anything else on my next vehicle purchase up here. Stays slightly "oily" to the touch indefinitely so new dirt/sand/salt doesn't adhere to it.
  3. all of the above
  4. Thanks for the comparative pics. Was trying to remember if the Jtd Atom had 2 or 3 hooks as those were the special order. The all black 3 hooker was out as the same time the Jtd Sandeels both round head and sloped head became popular. Danny traditionally made bigger plugs as most of his customers fished conventional but in the late 70's was hammered by NY guys going to the Cape who fished spinning. The previously mentioned plugs along with the Junior Giant Jointed came out around the same time. This is the same period that casting live eels became popular with the spinning guys too. Before that it was conventional with rigged eels. Danny mentioned the Rebel popularity more than once and was trying to compete in that market I assume.
  5. I assumed it was the Jointed Atom and based my response on that assumption
  6. I had a large order in too, a lot of Giant and Junior Jointed Pikies were along with the more typically ordered stuff. He called me and told me they were almost finished and he would call in another week or so.
  7. I ordered them in white, black and mullet blue, I think 2 dozen of each but can't be positive on the quantity. Not sure if more were made for anyone else afterwards.
  8. Those were a special too
  9. Danny made those as a special for a Cape guy who never picked up his order. Danny offered them to me one time when I went to pick up my own order and I bought every one. There were a dozen, all were orange. Russ got his from me and overpainted the white. No idea if any subsequent ones were made but doubt it as nobody knew they existed in the first place.
  10. People modify things to work for themselves, their style and areas they fish. Likely many things in use today, they are being used in a manner they were not originally designed for.
  11. I invented the system in 1982 and that's how it was designed to work since day one
  12. Flute length increases wander.
  13. Best is a matter of opinion. The plug was designed to be fished with 2 - 5/0 cut trebles without feathers
  14. I owned and used both. The Penn 710 in my opinion is far from my first choice with any 11' rod. While they both have an overlap of useable plug casting range my preferred max on the L would be 2.5 oz or under. You can cast to 3 oz but it will be more of a lob. My preferred weight range with the M is 2 - 3.5 oz. These are my opinions but also agree that for sand I would pick the L and around rocks I would choose the M if I was predominantly casting a weight in the overlapping of useable range of both rods
  15. The D-Rings original design was for only one side to be clipped to the belt not two. One side is clipped to reduce weight from shoulder and redirect the weight to your hips. The opposite D-Ring is for a coiled bag tether so that when the weight absorbing D-Ring is unclipped so bag can swing around for a plug change the bag is still tethered with the coiled cord. This is the way the system was ORIGINALLY designed to work, I never used belt loops, I'm sure people are using it in a manner best suited to their individual need. The weight distributing D-Ring also stops the bag from toppling over your shoulder and blocking your view when you bend over while unhooking a fish. Loss of the bag or belt is eliminated as they remain connected 100% of the time under any and all circumstances.