Yes YJ you know me LOL... I still can't get that Mid-West mentality out of me. I am so used to wire but I really should look more towards the fluorocarbon leaders here in Washington. I do trust that what you are saying is probably very accurate especially being that the Pend Oreille is in your backyard! I will say this though, I usually go with a fluorocarbon leader when I use a soft jerk bait so that it doesn't take away from the action!
50 lb braid is certainly a good diameter and strength as well, it never hurts to go a little stronger, I just prefer 30 lb Sufix Braid because of the diameter, strength, and smoothness on the Rod and Reel. Plus, I can also tell you honestly that I have pulled my Grandfather's boat to shore from about a 50 yards out with this line, if that is not a selling point I don't know what is? Good Luck on the River tomorrow, just waiting for my vehicle to get out of the shop on Monday and then it will be back to fishing for me! Look forward to seeing everyone soon to come get some Pike and Walleye. Tight Lines