Nissin Kyogi Carp Rod

Nissin has discontinued the Kyogi carp rods. Nissin has none left in stock.

The Nissin Kyogi Carp Rod is the nicest fixed line carp rod I've seen. It is lighter than the other carp rods I've had in stock, it is more flexible (making it easier to cast) yet it has more than enough backbone to subdue large fish, and can handle heavier tippet than any of the other fixed line carp rods I've carried.

To get a stronger tippet rating than the Kyogi, you would have to go all the way up to the salmon rods, which are significantly longer, heavier and more expensive.

I recently received an email from an angler who absolutely loves the Kyogi, and uses it for multiple species of fish. He wrote " I hate that they are labeled as carp rods." That tends to keep people who don't actually fish for carp from realizing how great these rods are. They are sensitive enough to feel the take of a 4" fish, yet they'll land fish that weigh hundreds of times as much.

Kyogi name on rod
Angler holding large carp16.4 pounds
Child fighting carpHow big is it?
Small child holding large carp15.2 pounds
photos courtesy of jrob
Angler holding carp caught at night

I've been fishing Central Park any chance I get with the Kyogi, and it is SO FUN!

Dennis K, New York

Angler fighting carp in Central ParkLooks like Dennis is there night and day!
Warning! Carp fishing is addictive.

If there are carp in New York's Central Park (and there are) they're probably in a body of water near you. And just as John Vetterli says of catching carp under the interstate on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, and Dennis K says of catching carp in the center of New York City, it is fun!

I need to say right off the bat, though, that the Kyogi s not just a carp rod. It is a great trout rod - particularly for euronymphing with heavy nymphs in deep water!

Angler holding trout alongside Kyogi

It's also a great catfish rod.

Channel catfish alongside red Kyogi

Photo courtesy of Less C.

The following photos are all courtesy of Tony S, who has caught more species with the Kyogi than any other angler in the US.

It's fun with nice sized smallmouth bass.

Angler holding smallmouth bass

Most anglers probably aren't familiar with a black buffalo, but the Kyogi is a great rod if you want to catch one!

Angler holding Black Buffalo (fish)

It's a great rod for greater redhorse.

Angler holding Greater Redhorse alongside Kyogi

It's the gold standard for golden redhorse.

Angler holding Golden Redhorse

Hook a bowfin? The rod will be bowed, but unbroken, from that tempestuous act!

Angler holding bowfin

Pike on a fixed line rod? Why not? Just make sure you have a rod that can handle one!

Angler holding pike

If you want a rod that will handle whatever you hook, consider the Nissin Kyogi!

The Kyogi comes in three colors: Black (BX), Red (RX) and Yellow (YX).

Kyogi name on yellow rod

The rods also come in four lengths, 12, 15, 18 and 21. The lengths are in "shaku" which is a Japanese unit of measure that is just barely under a foot in length.


Kyogi 12
3.3 oz

Kyogi 15
4.7 oz

Kyogi 18
5.1 oz

Kyogi 21
7.1 oz

*Please note: The tippet recommendation is up to Japanese line size 3, which is 12 lb test. If your 0X tippet is substantially stronger than 12 lb, it is too strong for the rod. DO NOT us 12 lb spinning line, which in almost all cases is quite a bit stronger than 12 lb. As with tenkara rods, the tippet has to be the weak link. Don't shop around for the strongest 0X tippet. Shop for an honest 12 lb breaking strength.

Nissin has discontinued the Kyogi carp rods. The rods are no longer available but replacement parts can still be ordered.

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What a fantastic big rod. Surprisingly light.

Jeff R, Texas

If the folks knew how smooth these rods are you would sell a lot more of them.

<BR><br>Les A, Idaho

Angler holding small carp

Hi Chris - success! You didn't tell me that the rod "sings" when playing the fish! Amazing fun. What a sight watching them chase down the fly.

Richard L, Colorado

Angler holding channel catfish

Here is another personal best Tenkara Fish.  Biggest Channel Cat so far [9lb 7oz].  Was feeding in shallow water for some reason and I caught it on a John Montana Hybrid Carp Fly while sight fishing Carp.  Have I mentioned yet how much I love this rod?  It got one heck of a work out with this fish.

Pat M, Kansas

Large rainbow trout in net

Chris,  I think you might tell people that the "carp" rod is absolutely great for nymphing!!!

It also works great for Stripers.

Mark L, Maryland