80-100lb braid leader attached to any diameter braid should be fine. Make sure braid is on your reel as tight as possible, don't just wind it on off the spool, it needs to be put on under pressure. I put mine on off an old multi with the drag tightened up. Also make sure the butt ring is spaced far enough from the reel to allow the line to flow. For rings I like k guides with a 30 or ideally 40mm. Regarding rods a one that doesn't recover quickly will also increase the risk of crack offs. Braid in a sidewind can be troublesome with cheap Chinese braid and big knots causing problems.