Re: fast action rod
You bought a good rod but, clearly, very different from what you are used to. Rather than go fishing with it, take it to a grassy park and invite a friend who's casting skills you respect to accompany you (if available, invite him to criticize your casting). Stand sideways to your cast and watch your back cast/fore cast combination in the air, like watching a tennis volly. How symetrical are your loops and timing, are you introducing slack into the cast at any point?
Understand that with your relativly slower and heavier glass rod you feel the mass of the rod during casting but with high modulus, light and fast graphite rods like BVK, you must adjust (and this is a good thing!) to feeling the action of the line rather than the flex of the rod.