I like trout hunter. Great tippet. They have half sizes so you can step down a touch. I would suggest that you investigate that route…if tou do not want to move to a different rod.
Don’t be sorry. That’s your experience. Never be sorry you have a differences. Being respectful is what is important.
I use Stonfo rings. I get them from Chris Stewart. I really like them for tenkara. I’ve had my rig cast by more than a few people that didn’t know I used them, here and in Japan.
They work and are a non-issue.
You like them, good for you. They do many things more than make a uniform place for a knot to break.