First thing to not do is look at price when purchasing braid, that should come last. I`m a cheapskate by design but i never skimp on terminal tackle. One of the most important factors for me is this - buy the thinnest braid with the highest breaking strain (obviously from a reputable manufacturer). Why?
- thinner braid = longer casts
- thinner braid = better bite sensitivity
- thinner braid = less drag in the water
- thinner braid = less wind resistance
All of the above is going to increase your hookup rate, it might be by as much as 10% or 50% or 100% - it depends on the angler but, it definitely does make a difference.
Here`s the comparison. (im guestimating numbers here but its pretty close)If Johnny is using Green Power pro, 20lb and im using 15lb super slick 8, i have all the above benefits plus i found the super slick 8 in 15lb to be stronger than the power pro in 20lb. for the $8 difference in spool it becomes a no brainer.
Use the lightest/thinnest braid possible given the fish you`re targeting - don't always spool all your reels with the MAX recommended just for incase. I for example use 15lb super slick 8 on all my trout rods, 20lb on my corks. Yes, every now and then i hook into bruisers on the 15lb but, because i know my limits i take my time and carefully fight that fish.
All in all its about preference - the above is my preference and reason why i fish he way i do. Works for me, might not work for others.