When you mentioned that you were not happy with them, exactly what points were displeasing? Were they not turning over fully, too much power, etc.?
I have found that smaller rods with lighter lines can't turn over as much leader as heavier lines and rods. I am down to a little three foot furled leader made with 6/0 Uni on my ought weight. This set up works well for me. Anything more than that and it simply could not turn it over nicely.