I generally buy my mono in bulk and re-spool every trip or two here in Southern California. Our summertime top water fish (yellowtail, albacore and other tuna species) are hard fighters. However, I do use 60# Spiderwire braid on my trolling rigs.
I will be visiting Alaska around July 21-25th and I will be fishing the Kenai and targeting reds and rainbows from shore using either a 12# spinning outfit or a 20# casting combination. I will be using heavier gear supplied by the lodge on their guided river trips with the expectation of tying into a King or Silver. The shore fishing will be from the front of the lodge so it will not really be combat fishing.
My question is, which would be the best; monofilament or braid? The two lines that interest me are:
Berkley Vanish Transition Crimson Red, a fluorocarbon which is said to be highly visible above water yet invisible below water.
Stren Sinking Braid, which has sinking qualities and is also far thinner than ordinary monofilament line.
Any other suggestions will certainly be appreciated.