Cliff, I have never used Mr. crappie line, but some people i have ran into told me they did not like it, I am sure some will say it's great. I can not say anything since I have never used it. The Stren hi-vis gold line is some of the best line I have ver used. I have landed some huge carp, buffalo, and catfish on the hi-vis 4lb test. As far as it deterring the bite. I have fished it in very clear water, and sometimes it deters the bite and sometimes it does not. I think it depends on how aggressive the fish are. I have never really noticed a difference in stained water. Under certain lighting conditions, this line does help me detect bites that I can see but not feel.