So I vacuumed what I thought were leaves but there were many unseen twigs that have now clogged up my skimmer line. I have two skimmers and the flow to the far one (where the clog is) is greatly reduced. I tried using a shop vac with the pump off but just pulled out the leaves that were above the clog and didn't pull the clog loose. I read some threads about using a drain king attached to a hose and going from the pump side but I am not sure I feel confident about doing that.
If the clog was close to the skimmer outlet, it seems like some kind of thin pole with a loop at the end may be able to slowly work the clog free. Something like a small catch pole? I didn't drain the skimmer when I tried the shop vac either (and not even sure if that would work) but I am leaving for a week in a few days and would like this fixed before I head out.