I have skated salmonflies on rivers and skittered travelling sedges on lakes, but never skated caddis on rivers. In my experience, unless the fly is designed to skate, most flies get dragged under the surface as soon as the fly is under tension. However, this week I fished with a furled leader greased up with floatant for the first time. Even my parachutes and emergers were almost impossible to sink, even on the swing. I am now looking forward to using a floating furled leader and skating caddis dries to my local trout this summer.
"Perhaps fishing is, for me, only an excuse to be near rivers." - Roderick Haig-Brown