Regret that I failed to amplify my remarks; There are two Ghost Tips ... The one on the 555 Tropic Plus is a 5-foot clear floater. The one on the 444 Lazer is a 7-foot intermediate. You can find my review of the 555 Tropic Plu Ghost Tip at: http://www.hcangler.com/cortland_555.htm
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Unlike Cliff, I am ordinarily not a big fan of the nail knot except in certain curcumstances. Instead, I use a whip-finished loop secured by at least 12 half-hitches and then glued. However, I did not choose this for the 555s. The 555's construction is so different I went with a short braided connector further secured to the line by two nail knots.
It is a good rule to remember that the shorter the leader that can catch fish, the better off you are. And, if you use loop-to-loop connections, lengthing of shortening the leader becomes a simple task. During my workup for the 555 review the leader I made was a total of 6-feet in two stages -- 60/40. In fishing the salt, I typically use hard mono and remain very conscious of the leader's diameter more so than the pound-test rating. Sometimes what worked yesterday doesn't work so well today all because of the leader and the size of the leader butt. The bottom line is to experiment. What's good for Bull Moose is not necessarily good for you.
Here's a trick that sometimes works wonders ... Let's say you are fishing the flats with a 7-weight rig with a knotless leader that has a butt diameter or .023 and an overall length of 9-feet. Mr. Wind begins to blow. Your fly no longer turns over. Try this: loop in around a foot or so of heavier leader material - say .027 to .030 - between the line and leader butt. Next, shorten the leader's midsection & tippet and, at the same time, increase the class size of the shortened tippet. Believe it or not, these two small changes just might keep you in the game.