Re: setting the hook with glass
I think there's three more important factors to consider besides rod material:
The length of the lever you're using has a major affect on hook setting ability.
Your hooks may not be sharp enough. With a soft short rod, you need a sharper hook to get it to penetrate.
Ans lastly, you're talking about a fish with a blueberry sized mouth that's notorious for pecking at flies without really eating them. Learn to recognize the hits that are actual eats by bigger sunfish instead of pecks by dinks and you'll be less frustrated.