Line preference for pannies 2 lb, 4lb, or micro braid with leader?
The difference in stiffness/suppleness between 1# & 2# Fireline Crystal is astonishing. (2# is much stiffer and sucks for small jigs)
1# Fireline Crystal costs more than mono up front, but you can easily get 2 years, maybe 3 of off it before you need to change it, so it is actually cheaper. (I used to change line on my mono rods twice a year)
Yes, it is better to use in a shack, but 1# is still very usable outside.
I use 1 & 2 lb leaders with a small swivel with the 1# braid. IMHO, it is by far the best panfish set-up you can use.