What didn't work with the riffle hitch? Personally, I prefer the floating (or even intermediate) polys for skating, but to each their own.I see absolutely no benefit to using poly leaders on a two hand rod. Like said, same tapered mono leader works very well for both skating and wet fly presentations. Try skating a riffle hitched fly on one of those poly leaders and it will be the last time you ever try that! BTDT So, you can stuff your leader wallet with floating, hover & intermediate ply leaders, waste a lot of time (& $$$) switching them out, or just fish all day with the same tapered mono leader.