We are entering our first spring with our new pool, and here in Austin the prevailing wind is from the south. Unfortunately, I am finding out that the south wind blows surface debris to the deep end of our pool, but the skimmer is near the shallow end. Even if I run the pump at a high speed, the surface currents created by my carefully-aimed returns just can't overcome a 15-25 mph south wind in order to carry the surface stuff over to the skimmer. So, all the debris just floats around in circles on one end and never gets to the skimmer--eventually sinking if I don't pick it up with a pole skimmer. And, this is the time of year when our central-Texas live oaks shed their leaves and grow new ones, so lots of dead oak leaves are blowing around!
BTW, when the wind is calm, or from the north, the built-in skimmer works great!
A little Googleing and I found a couple of products: The Dragonfly is $425 + tax, which seems a little steep to me, plus it appears to have a long hose. Then there is a $100 one called PoolSkim, which attaches to a return and hugs the side of the pool--seems like a perfect solution for me since it would be somewhat out of the way.
Any of you experienced pool owners have any suggestions?