Re: Does line price dictate quality?
I don't know that line color has anything to do with spooking fish. Has not been the case for me as far as I know. OP, maybe your reel is small for the size of the line you are using if you don't have backing. Leaving an eighth of an inch of fly line from the spool rim is the general measure.
I have inexpensive lines and spendy lines. Some of both are ten years old and still fishing fine. A thought: when companies put out new lines they discount the old lines, sometimes as much a fifty percent. I bet they are still making a profit so I don't believe spendy lines have more merit than inexpensive ones.