Gary Dobyns is recognized as one of the best West Coast bass anglers of all time, and he relies almost entirely on 20- to 25-pound monofilament or fluorocarbon for their added stretch and low visibility. He fishes super-clear water and says, “Fish in my lakes are smart and just won’t touch braid.” Greg Gutierrez, another well-known swimbait angler, fishes water that is most often stained. He takes advantage of the near-zero stretch and sensitivity of 65-pound braid, because he is less concerned about visibility. He notes that the lack of stretch also provides a lot of room for error on a bad hookset.
Budget Guide $$$ Gamma Torque Braid $38 (300 yd. of 65 lb.); gamma fishing.com $$ P-line Ultimate Fluorocarbon $28 (250 yd. of 30 lb.); p-line.com
$ P-line CXX Moss Green Monofilament $12 (300 yd. of 20 lb.); p-line.com