The answer to the next question: The proper line weight for this now softer rod is fairly easy to ascertain. When casting floating lines, most of the time it pays to equip the rod with the manufacturer's recommendation. But, this does not apply to weighted fly lines. You can use several weighted lines on the same fly rod and cast well. Of course, if you over-weight the rod, you need to make your cast gentler. Also, too much casting velocity will cause shock waves in the line and leader. Despite your rod being softer, I would think you could easily cast any weighted fly line ranging from 300 to 400 grains. You may have a problem with floating and intermediate lines.