A: When fishing salt water, there is almost always a breeze of some sort, Bill, and tippets that are too long have a tendency to create "wind knots." For years, I've used tippets no longer than 14 to 18 inches. The shorter the tippet, the less likely that knots will occur. An added advantage is that the leader begins slowing as it unrolls toward the target. The longer and thinner the tippet, the more likely it will not turn over the fly. Remember: Fish don't run up to leaders to examine them! If the fly is 18 to 24 inches from the next section of leader, I've found that fish never seem to notice.