there must be a reason why so many anglers prefer the surgeons knot for connecting two pieces off tippet. However, I have always had an issue with this knot for one reason. No matter how many times I do it, the end product never seems to lay strait. I'm trying to help you visualize this. When I hold the upper section of my leader and let the piece I just ajoined hang freely it always has a hinged 150 degree angle on it. To counter this I developed a knot of my own which has never failed. I form a clinch knot with one end of the tippet and then run the piece I am connecting through the loop formed by the first clinch. WIth the piece I am ajoining I form another clinch knot and then snug the two interweaved clinch knots together to ajoin the two tippets. When I'm done, the leader will hang with no hinge at a perfect 180 degree angle. I see no reason to stop using this knot other then the fact so many people prefer the surgeons knot...I want to know if anyone else experiences this same hinged effect that I always seem to.