Korda Kaizen custom builds



Korda Kaizen custom built carp rods

You’ve seen the hype – now you can get the Kaizen rods built to your own bespoke specification here at Cotswold Rods!

The standard Kaizen build is smart, but of course – it isnt for everyone!

We now have access to the Kaizen blanks and are able to craft your dream build.

Kordas objective with the Kaizen was to design a range of premium rods that would cover pretty much any carp angling situation at home or abroad, allowing you to not only accurately reach the fish if they were out at range, but which would also feel nice to play them on.

The high-end Kaizen rods are built on a fast-tapered profile mandrel – meaning that the taper of the rod consistently goes all the way from the butt to the tip. This produces rods with a very ‘tippy’ action, and with pretty much all the flex being towards the tip end. Of course, when under extreme pressure such as casting, the rod will still bend all the way through to some extent. This type of action allows for good power transfer and the generation of very fast tip speeds, which in turn allows you to cast further.

That same action also allows much faster line pick-up as well, and whilst most of the bend is in the tip, the power is transferred progressively enough that the rod will absorb the lunges of a big fish at close range without fear of it causing hook pulls, it also ensures that it is still a pleasure to play fish on any of the Kaizen rods.

The taper of these rods isn’t the only factor in determining the action and attributes that it displays, and just as important is the type of carbon that has been used in the manufacturing process – for the Kaizen range the only real choice was the best super tensile, high-grade Japanese carbon that Korda could get their hands on!

The ZERO90 carbon is used in just two layers and with very little resin content, and the result of that is lighter, stiffer blanks. Not only will this allow more power to be transferred into the cast and with less effort than you’d find with a cheaper grade of carbon, but it also aids enhanced accuracy as it reduces the ability of the blank to twist and cause your lead to go off-target during the cast.

It aids tip recovery after casting, which is basically the length of time that the tip continues bouncing up and down after the cast, and the crisper this action the better – if you flick the tip of one of these Kaizen rods it will come to a stop almost immediately, with all the power having been transferred into that action, this is exactly what you require when trying to cast a long way.

 The Kaizen blank is finished in durable clear matt paint, which shows off the carbon and has been extensively tank tested to ensure it is perdurable – basically meaning it is incredibly durable and will take a long time to show any signs of weathering due to exposure to sunlight and moisture.

In terms of the models in the high-end Kaizen range, currently there are seven, with 12ft 3lb, 3.5lb and 4lb fishing rods, plus a 12ft spod rod; a 12ft 6in 4lb version for those who really want an extreme range rod but find a 13ft model just a bit too long; plus 13ft 3.5lb and 4lb models.

This will cover pretty much any angling situation, with the lightest model being perfectly suitable for fishing at closer range, but where you want the power to control and stop a big carp if you need to, plus can chuck a rig a long way when required.

The 4lb models which are specialist “long range” tools and have the ability to put a lead and rig incredible distances when in the right hands – as demonstrated by the likes of Terry Edmonds and Darrell Peck. In real fishing situations Korda have measured casts in excess of 200 yards.

So whatever your casting style and ability, you’ll find a Kaizen rod that suits you, and allows you to fish at longer ranges, and more accurately, than ever before.

Order online now in 6 easy steps!

Step 1 – Choose your Korda Kaizen custom rod model

Step 2 – Choose your handle build – here are some examples:

Full cork

Abbreviated Shrink


Full Shrink


Full duplon

Full camo EVA

Step 3 
– choose your preferred brand of rings


American Tackle TiForged Air




American Tackle Vortex Air


American Tackle TiForged with Pentalite liners

Kigan 3D

Step 4 – Choose your reel seat. We have standard DPS styles, Carbon 1K with black hoods and of course all the Alps models!  Check out our build options page for lots of pictures!

Step 5 – choose your detailing colour to go around the reel seat and grip area

Step 6 – let us know if you would like a line clip!


From this information we can build you a fantastic set of rods.

We will always call you to go over any fine details also.

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