Tranquility Custom Rods

I’ll lay my cards out on the table early in this article. I do not consider myself to be much of a fisherman.

I enjoy deep sea fishing from time to time, but mostly for the boat ride. I grew up doing a lot of surf fishing, but haven’t done much of that in the last twenty years. Fishing has always been my Dad’s thing and, since my son is a fishing fanatic too, it must have simply skipped a generation?

So why is this non-fishing guy writing an article about a custom rod builder you may ask? Well it’s pretty simple…I believe in generating publicity for good people that work hard to provide their clients with a quality product at a fair price. Greg Kwiatkowski, of Tranquility Custom Rods, is one such person.

I met Greg when, Chasin’ Whitetails team member, Max Crumlich (@theroadsideangler) mentioned that he had a friend of a friend that wanted to discuss a possible partnership on some custom fishing rods for our CWM “The Roadside Angler” series. As a senior member of our management team I decided that I’d accompany Max to his meeting just in case any questions came up. To make a long story short a lot of questions came up.

Max and Greg started discussing fishing rods and that little “Charlie Brown’s teacher voice” started playing in my head “Whomp, whomp, whomp, whomp, whomp”.

Questions about the length, flex, material and targeted species were flying around in the ether. So as those two discussed their passions for all things fishing I decided to take in the space that Tranquility Custom Rods currently occupies.

Although the main working area is a relatively small space it is extremely well laid out. An “L” shaped work area, that appeared to be custom built for guys like Greg and I (both well over 6’ tall), takes up two of the walls. The third wall is made up of two closets that house shelving for additional storage. Every piece and part has a defined place that it calls home. A rack of colorful thread dominates one corner of the workspace providing Greg with what appears to be an endless amount of color combinations. There were multiple drying racks spinning rods that had recently been clear coated and a barely visible cork board that displayed current and upcoming work orders.

The second room at Tranquility contains a couch, kitchen area and a pool table that, at that time, was being used as the Tranquility shipping department. Incoming pieces and parts were to the left and several recently completed rods were packaged up and off to the right side. I can only assume that this area harkens back to the early days when Greg still had enough time to shoot a game of pool? As it stands now there were enough outgoing packages to prove to me that Tranquility’s custom work is in high demand.

As I circled back to the conversation it was evident that Greg is very thorough. Every question that Max asked was answered in detail and usually elicited a follow up question to help Greg pinpoint exactly what it was our team was looking for out of these rods. They discussed what our team would be doing with the rods, where they’d be fishing and what each team member would like to see in the rods aesthetic design. The majority of the members of “The Roadside Angler” team are under the age of 25 so between their ideas and Greg’s abilities some really stunning fishing rods were produced. Over the next several months be on the lookout for the rod reviews at

Like I mentioned above, I do not claim to be an angler of any worth. I like to wet a line from time to time, but I spend the majority of my outdoors time with a shotgun in hand. Our “The Roadside Angler” team on the other hand are fishing fanatics. They eat, sleep and dream about being on the water. They also fall into the millennial age group so at this point in their young lives money is a constant concern. They are not yet able to purchase rods in the $1,000.00 or more range. Thankfully Tranquility Custom Rods is able to work with each customer to design a rod that meets their needs and their budget.

So if you are looking for a custom rod, or would like to give one as a gift, I would strongly recommend giving Tranquility Custom Rods a shot at your business. I can assure you that Greg will go above and beyond to make sure that you get a rod that both satisfies your needs and makes your fishing buddies jealous.


Tranquility Custom Rods

Contact – Greg Kwiatkowski

Phone – (717) 572-3053

Email –

Instagram – @tranquilitycustom

Rubber Leg Stonefly Tutorial


Once fall hits in the northeast, it only means one thing, lake-run trout. One of my favorite ways to fish for lake-run browns and steelhead is a big ugly rubber leg stonefly with trout bead pegged an inch or so above. To some this rig is known as “steak and eggs”.

The stonefly in the video is a very simple variation that does not take long to tie. If you lose one it isn’t the end of the world, and if need be they are quick to replenish the night before an outing.

I hope you enjoy the video and tie some for yourselves!


  • Hook- Daiichi 1270 sz. 10
  • Bead- 3.2 mm fluorescent orange tungsten
  • Wire- .015 lead wire
  • Body- Tobacco Brown/insect medium variegated chenille
  • Legs- Sili Legs Nymph: Light Olive Barred
  • Resin- Loon UV Flow
  • Glue: Gorilla Super Glue

As always, Tight Lines



Baitfish-X: Fly Tying Tutorial

With the high flows in Central PA, I decided to spend my time filling my boxes with some reliable smallmouth patterns that always get the job done. In hoping for shallower waters and cruising smallmouth, I tied up one of my favorite baitfish patterns, Baitfish-X.

This is a great baitfish pattern for summertime smallmouth on the fly rod. The inspiration for this pattern came from two patterns in particular, the Murdich Minnow and Brian Shumaker’s Shimmering Minnow. It is very simple to tie, and even easier to fish: you can dead drift it, strip it, or twitch it.

Being a weightless streamer, it works best in shallow water suspended under the surface, however it is just as effective with an intermediate sinking line or sink tip. Feel free to add lead wraps under the chenille to add some weight, or mix it up and add a FishSkull baitfish helmet for extra weight.

It can be tied in a number of different color combinations to imitate a vast array of baitfish for any body of water. This baitfish is a blank canvas that gives you a lot of room to get creative and pull out your pack of Sharpies and color away.

Material List:

  • Thread: Veevus 140 Neon Green
  • Hook: Partridge Attitude Extra Sz. 2
  • Tail 1: White Bucktail
  • Tail 2: Olive SF Blend
  • Flash: Emerald Flashabou
  • Body: Medium Pearl Palmer Chenille
  • Eyes: 3/16″ Oval Pupil Eyes Pearl/Black Pupil
  • Resin: Loon UV Thick and UV Flow

How I fish it:

  • Rod: 9ft 8 wt
  • Line: 8 wt shooting head OR intermediate full sinking line
  • Leader: 9 ft 1x-3x leader

Tight Lines! -Max

Mossy Oak Fishing Pros Prepare for Bassmaster Texas Fest Elite Tournament

WEST POINT, MS –  The Mossy Oak Fishing Team is preparing now to fish Lake Travis in Jonestown, Texas, near Austin. This 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest is May 17-20, benefits Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and has a $1 million payout.
Mossy Oak Fishing Pro Ott DeFoe of Blaine, Tennessee, a past Rookie of the Year on the Elite Circuit, has studied this lake carefully as it is one that Bassmaster has never fished before. DeFoe explains:
“Lake Travis is a fairly clear and deep lake. Known for anglers catching numbers of bass there, but not necessarily big bass, Lake Travis has a good population of three types of bass: spotted, largemouth and Guadalupe bass. The Guadalupe, a bass found only in Texas, doesn’t grow very big. Although anglers catch 2-3 pounders frequently, the world’s record is only 3.71 pounds. This tournament primarily will be a deep water tournament with the bass in the post-spawn stage with probably few bass still spawning in the lake.”
DeFoe fished a bass tournament there about 12 years ago and says, “I’ve been looking up bass fishing tournament results for Lake Travis and have learned that 12 pounds of bass per day is a solid catch there. If a competitor can catch some 2-pounders and an occasional 3-pounder, he will do well in this tournament. A contestant catching a bass weighing 4-5 pounds can have a very good tournament.”
From DeFoe’s research, he’s learned football head jigs, deep diving crankbaits, swim baits, Carolina rigs, shaky head worms and other finesse techniques often called sissy baits will pay off in May at Lake Travis. The tournament’s competition days are Thursday (May 17) – Sunday (May 20), with 2 and half practice days prior.
“I don’t plan to spend a lot of time fishing on the practice days or during the tournament but rather will spend more time glued to my depth finder to locate bass and learn where they’re living,” said DeFoe. “In my opinion, on water like Lake Travis, you can be much more efficient as a bass angler if you spend 90-percent of your time locating bass and only 10-percent of your time fishing for bass. I think to win the Lake Travis tournament, a pro will have to catch more than 15 pounds of bass each day of the event to have a total of all four days of about 65 pounds of bass.”
Tune in live (see B.A.S.S.’s Live Schedule here) to watch The Mossy Oak Fishing Team (Live Link), consisting of Kevin VanDam, Ott DeFoe, Jordan Lee, Matt Lee, Gerald Swindle and Brandon Palaniuk.  Also follow along with BASSTRAKK to see the specific weights and times of each angler’s catches throughout each competition day.
To learn more about Mossy Oak’s Elements Agua pattern, the official pattern of B.A.S.S., and to see free, timely, entertaining outdoors content, visit
Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak. For more than 30 years, Mossy Oak has been a leading outdoors lifestyle brand that specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. The Mossy Oak Brand and patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the parent company of Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Capture Productions, MOOSE Media, Nativ Nurseries, Nativ Living, GameKeepers, GameKeepers Kennels and Mossy Oak Properties.Mossy Oak is the official camouflage of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association, and Mack’s Prairie Wings and the official pattern of B.A.S.S., MLF and Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.
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Mossy Oak Elements Agua Pattern Now Available on Huk Performance Fishing Apparel

WEST POINT, MS – Mossy Oak is excited to announce that Elements Agua can now be purchased on fishing apparel offered by Huk Performance Fishing.

Mossy Oak launched its first fishing pattern, Elements Agua, at the ICAST show in July 2017. Since then, Elements Agua has been named the official pattern of B.A.S.S., Major League Fishing, the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and the Bassmaster High School Tournament Series.

Fishing pros wearing the new Huk Apparel in Mossy Oak Elements Agua will be:

  • Kevin Van Dam – 4-Time Bassmaster Classic Champion and 7-Time Bassmaster Angler of the Year
  • Brandon Palniuk – 2017 Bassmaster AOY
  • Ott DeFoe – 2011 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year
  • Gerald “GMAN” Swindle – 2004 Bassmaster AOY
  • Mark Davis – Host of “BigWater Adventures” on Outdoor Channel

The Huk ICON is one of the most popular fishing shirts available. When you wear this comfortable, rugged, sun-blocking +30 UPF long-sleeve featuring the Elements Agua pattern (3 color options) you’ll be wearing apparel that not only looks great, but is built from state-of-the-art fabrics, durable poly-knit construction and most advanced materials for protection against the elements. MSRP Long Sleeve $49.99, and Short Sleeve $39.99 and ¼ Zip $54.99.

Our board shorts are fully featured with four-way stretch and designed to be quick-drying, super lightweight, comfortable and durable enough to hold up to your active lifestyle. With perforated rear yoke for added comfort and breathability, plus gusseted crotch for max-mobility makes these boardie’s your summertime daily wear for fishing or surfing. Featuring the performance of Huk with the added style of Mossy Oak Elements Agua pattern (2 color options). MSRP $54.99

Combining the classicsix-panel, mid-profile stretch cap with Huk’s performance, durability and comfort, the new Mossy Oak Elements Agua (3 color options) gives this hat added appeal. MSRP $24.99

The new arrivals from Huk are engineered and built to keep you protected from the elements, keep you comfortable on and off the water and looking good no matter what your day has in store. See more at

Huk Gear is an official licensee of Haas Outdoors Inc. Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak. For more than 30 years, Mossy Oak has been a leading outdoors lifestyle brand that specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. The Mossy Oak Brand and patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the parent company of Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Capture Productions, MOOSE Media, Nativ Nurseries, Nativ Living, GameKeepers, GameKeepers Kennels and Mossy Oak Properties. Mossy Oak is the official camouflage of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association, and Mack’s Prairie Wings and the official pattern of B.A.S.S., MLF and Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.

Follow Mossy Oak on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube.

The Chasin’ Whitetails youth movement

The #eachoneteachone initiative has caught on bigtime here at Chasin’ Whitetails…

We have taken that mentality from our hunting and fishing adventures and brought it into the office.

We recently added several “young guns” to our staff to provide articles, videos and a younger approach to getting outdoors, We are looking forward to seeing these guys grow as both young adults and outdoorsmen.

Please help us welcome them to the team.

COLE ANSTADT  (@coleof_thewild)

My name is Cole Anstadt and I’ve recently signed on with Chasin’ Whitetails Media as a writer and social media content producer. I am a sophomore at Liberty University studying history with a focus on geography. I am a part-time high school lacrosse coach and I volunteer at the local animal shelter.

I took a rather long hiatus from the outdoors as I chased after my dream of playing college lacrosse. In addition to the regular Spring season I was playing travel lacrosse in both the Summer and the Fall. I also played on an indoor team over the Winter. Unfortunately, right before my senior season I tore my ACL and some things went in a different direction.

While rehabbing from my surgery I started to get back into being outdoors. I love to hunt (which I picked up from my father) and I love to fish (which I picked up from my grandfather). I also like photography, hiking, and I’m trying to learn to cook. I’m hoping to use the Chasin’ Whitetails platform to encourage people to get outdoors and to enjoy the experience!

CONNOR HARKINS  (@cmharks)

     I was born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania and have been in love with all things outdoors since I took my first steps. Beginning at a young age, I quickly found a passion for fishing,

Over the years I explored the waters around my home and eventually that led me to a new passion; filming. I quickly found a bridge between these two interests and started to document me and my friends’ fishing excursions. First by posting short videos on Instagram and then starting my own YouTube channel.

After nearly 2 years of fishing-cinematography experience I have become confident with filming and editing fishing of all sorts. I fit fishing and filming into my daily schedule as much as possible. I enjoy documenting the beauty and tranquility of the great outdoors while also providing an exhilarating, captivating narrative of fishing adventures for my audience. By joining the Chasin’ Whitetails Team, I hope to bring his passion for the great outdoors and film-making to the forefront of the industry. I am eager to produce content for outdoor companies, my friends and people that share a passion for the wilderness.

MAX CRUMLICH  (@funkyflyfisherman)

Hi everyone, my name is Max Crumlich, and I am one half of the duo from the “Funky Fly Fishermen” Instagram page. I grew up spending the weekends on a bass boat with my parents. My mother and father have both been fly fishing for over 20 years now, and at the age of 15 I decided to pick up a long rod myself.

From the first time I caught a bluegill, on my father’s six weight rigged with an old wooly bugger, I was hooked. I began researching and learning different casts and tactics, and not long after that I started tying my own flies.

I am a sophomore in college (with a double major) and I’m also a part of the men’s lacrosse team at my school. Even with my busy schedule, I still find time to spend a few hours on the river or at the vise. There is no place I would rather be than on the Susquehanna River, in the dog days of summer, throwing bugs at smallmouth bass.

Joining the Chasin’ Whitetails team is an exciting opportunity for me that pairs my studies with my love of fly fishing. Being a part of such a great group of guys, who love the outdoors as much as I do, is going to bring my passion to the next level. I can’t wait to share my personal experiences with all of you, providing useful tips and tutorials along the way.

NOAH KEISTER  (@funkyflyfisherman)

     Hey, my name is Noah Keister I am a part of the Instagram duo known as “Funky Fly Fishermen”. I started fishing at the young age of two years old and haven’t stopped since.

Throughout the years, I began to get bored with the same old soft plastic lures and eventually decided to buy a fly tying vice and a fly rod. I wanted to learn a new skill/craft to add to the adventure of fishing and I quickly learned fly fishing was it.

I grew up roughly fifteen minutes outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania which means there was little water around me that was not fished on a daily basis. Those experiences are what lead me here. Urban fishing is becoming more and more prevalent in the fishing community. I want to help show people that, although streams or creeks may be fished heavily, there is still an opportunity to catch fish and enjoy the things we love the most.

I have joined the staff at Chasin’ Whitetail to offer a new view of modern fly fishing in Pennsylvania through the series known as “The Road Side Angler”. Throughout the series, I will be offering suggestions, tutorials and even my own personal tricks to help guide the urban fly fishermen in the right direction to getting connected with the waters around them.

Look for these guys to appear all throughout the Chasin’ Whitetails site. They will be appearing in The Roadside Angler, Life Afowl and a couple new additions that we will be announcing soon. Don’t forget to follow them on Instagram.

Just a reminder #eachoneteachone doesn’t need to end the moment that you come out of the woods, dock the boat or step out of the stream. Give these guys (and the rest of their generation) a chance…they are the future.

ReelFlex Filet Knives

DENVER (March 12, 2018)—Outdoor Edge introduced its ReelFlex™ fillet knives in three sizes last year, and this year the company has packaged all three together with a sharpener in a convenient hard-sided carry case in the ReelFlex Pak™.

The ReelFlex Pak includes the 6.0-inch, 7.5-inch and 9.5-inch ReelFlex professional-grade fillet knives, designed by custom-knife maker Jerry Hossom. Crafted from German 4116 stainless steel for excellent edge retention and corrosion resistance, the ReelFlex knives feature ergonomically designed and rubberized TPE handles for a comfortable, non-slip grip even when the handles are wet.

The ReelFlex Pak also includes the Edge-X™ sharpener with coarse carbide bits for reshaping and fine ceramic rods for finishing the edge. The Edge-X features a pivoting X-base design providing fisherman with a stable sharpening platform whether you are on a boat or at the dock. The exterior of the hard-sided carrying case features standard and metric rulers to make sizing up your catch quick and easy.

Outdoor Edge’s ReelFlex Pak is the perfect tool kit to meet the demands for all types of fresh water and saltwater fish. This Pak will be available online at and at retailers nationwide in June for a suggested retail price of $64.95.

About Outdoor Edge

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Denver, Outdoor Edge is a leading designer and manufacturer of knives and tools. Today, Outdoor Edge continues to innovate and develop state-of-the-art products for outdoor enthusiasts, game processors, survivalists, handymen and others who require the very best knives and tools available for leisure, work and everyday-carry needs. The company prides itself in offering a variety of products that undergo extensive field-testing in harsh, rugged environments resulting in durable, long-lasting products that come with a lifetime guarantee. For additional information on Outdoor Edge and its full line of products write to: Outdoor Edge, 5000 Osage Street, Suite 800, Denver, CO 80221; call toll-free 800-477-3343; email; or visit

Time to Get the Funk Out

Nothing tells the story of an epic adventure like a well-used cooler.  And let’s be honest, after your multi-day excursion comes to a close, the last task you want to take on is cleaning your ice chest immediately upon your arrival home.  It’s a good reason why most of us don’t, and against our inner voice of reason, leave the daunting task for another day. The result is not just a hard to clean cooler, but a hard to deodorize one with an odor so strong it’ll keep even the hungriest of bears at bay.  That’s why high-performance cooler manufacturer, Canyon Coolers® has introduced the ultimate cleaning/deodorizing spray that’ll take on any stench with stride: the new Canyon Coolers D-Funk Cooler Cleaning Spray. 

Canyon Coolers are seriously rugged and while they can certainly take on any beating the Great Outdoors can dish out, taking great care of your cooler on the inside will ensure it’s always fresh and ready for your next big adventure. Whether you spent the weekend fishing, camping, or just returned from your hunt of a lifetime, Canyon’s D-Funk Cooler Cleaning Spray will erase the presence of any odor accumulated from the likes of meat blood, fish slime, spilled beverages or spoiled food. How does it do it? Canyon Coolers’ new D-Funk incorporates “Double Down Technology,” which works at a molecular level, neutralizing and virtually eliminating the most stubborn odors as well as mold and mildew.

Not only is the D-Funk cooler cleaner effective, its natural formula contains no bleach or harsh chemicals and rinses clean with no residue.  This means it’s environmentally safe so you can use it anywhere from the boat dock to the cabin without concern.  In fact, D-Funk is up for cleaning challenges beyond the ice chest where using harsh chemicals around food can be an issue like refrigerators, deodorizing plastic containers, and more.  

MSRP for the D-Funk Cooler Cleaning Spray is $14.99.

Canyon Coolers manufactures ridiculously cold, seriously tough coolers to keep food and beverages cold for not just days, but weeks. Ultra-tough in design from the drain plugs, latches, and handles these coolers are designed to take a beating from the hot sun in stride. Canyon Coolers are used by hunters, anglers, rafters, outdoor enthusiasts —and anyone else whose adventures are fueled by seriously cold refreshments. To learn more about Canyon Coolers’ full-line of premium, ridiculously cold and seriously tough coolers, contact Canyon Coolers at 866-558- 3267 or visit


Wiley X®, Inc. has poured its 30 years of experience crafting premium protective eyewear into its latest innovation for anglers and boaters — the new WX Omega with Polarized Emerald Green Mirror lenses and a frame dressed in advanced Kryptek® Neptune® camouflage.

This new Active Lifestyle Series model offers anglers and others who work or play on the water superior visual performance and protection.  With their 8-layer polarization, Emerald Green Mirror coating and Amber tint, these lenses are engineered to amplify color contrast and deliver high visual definition — ideal for spotting gamefish, schools of bait, shallow drop-offs, structure and other important visual cues either inshore or offshore.  These shatterproof Selenite™ polycarbonate lenses also provide 100-percent UVA/UVB protection and an advanced T-Shell™ coating that resists scratching during rugged outdoor use.  The same performance features that make these advanced new shades great for fresh and saltwater anglers make them an ideal choice for sailors, kayakers, cruisers and anybody who spends time on the water. 

The Wiley X name is recognized worldwide for advanced protection along with clear vision, and these new shades certainly won’t disappoint.  The WX Omega meets ANSI-Z87.1 High Velocity and High Mass Impact standards as well as Federal OSHA 1910.133(b)(1)(1) Standards, providing wearers with occupational grade protection for every activity.  This means anglers can fish hard all day in the face of potential dangers that include airborne debris, flying lures and low-hanging branches.  Wiley X is the only premium sunglass brand with this level of protection in every adult style it makes — a key reason why the company is a leading provider of protective eyewear to the U.S. military, law enforcement, champion NASCAR drivers, professional tournament anglers and others who need the ultimate in protection and performance.

Another thing that sets these distinctive glasses apart is the frame’s unique Kryptek® Neptune® camouflage.  Whether you want to blend in while chasing skinny-water gamefish, stand out in a captain’s meeting or just look great while hanging out on deck, these stylish shades fit the bill.   Unlike traditional stick-and-leaf camouflage, the Kryptek design incorporates micro and macro layering inspired by artillery camouflage netting.  The blue-based marine Neptune design provides both effective silhouette break up for water environments and a stylish compliment to the Emerald Green Mirror lenses.  In addition, the WX Omega’s lightweight frame features a double-injected rubber nosepiece for non-slip comfort, even when the action gets hot and sweaty.

As with almost all Wiley X sunglass, this WX Omega is also Rx-Ready using the company’s advanced DIGIFORCE™ prescription lens technology.  Engineered to deliver superior prescription accuracy and clear vision over the widest possible field of view, prescription Wiley X sunglasses deliver a high-performance, no-compromise solution for anglers, boaters and others who need corrective lenses. 

To learn more about Wiley X’s new WX Omega with Polarized Emerald Green Mirror lenses and a Kryptek Neptune frame — or the company’s extensive line of sunglasses providing Absolute Premium Protection for fishing, boating and other outdoor adventures — visit  Or contact Wiley X at 7800 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94550 • Telephone: (800) 776-7842.