I basically do that same thing when I dead drift a multi-nymph rig, for the same reason. Definitely something to be said for only breaking off the point fly if there's a snag. I don't dead drift soft hackles very often, though I probably should do so more often. I'm used to swinging them, which elicits some vicious strikes and has always prompted me to be a little more conservative on tippet strength.
Originally Posted by redietz