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It will very much depend on the mood of the fish at the time. Typically, slower is better... you want that piece of metal to flutter nice and slowly, aggravating the fish by the flash... flash... flash.

Sometimes I've had much better luck retrieving quickly.

For the most part, though, I find myself varying retrieves. And by this, I mean some casts will be reeled in quickly, some slowly, and the vast majority of them I will actually change the retrieve numerous times in one "reeling in session". ie. cast, let sink, then reel fast, reel slow, pause reel slow, reel fast, reel slow, etc...

Good luck!
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You want your spoon to flutter side to side not spinning and every once in a while I'll give a quick tug and this will entice a coho to nail the spoon (coho are quite the followers, I've had them follow a spoon almost right to my feet). I know you didn't ask about spinners but fished very similar - slow, just fast enough to have the blade spin slowly, just a flip flip flip. BTW I'll use either a spinning or bait cast reel.
 

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When fishing spoons/spinners or any other hardware, retrive speeds should be varied. This can be acheived by using a combination of different winding speeds, and good use of the rod itself. By just twitching, lifting, or moving the road tip in a small, circular or side to side several time during the retrive will be irrestible to coho.....Rarely fish will be caught on a "straight back to you"...(like shore fishing a lake style of retreive)......Let the water speed help you, twitch or move the road and vary the speed of the winding mechanism and you will get more hookups.........Ortho 8)
 

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fishortho said:
When fishing spoons/spinners or any other hardware, retrive speeds should be varied. This can be acheived by using a combination of different winding speeds, and good use of the rod itself. By just twitching, lifting, or moving the road tip in a small, circular or side to side several time during the retrive will be irrestible to coho.....Rarely fish will be caught on a "straight back to you"...(like shore fishing a lake style of retreive)......Let the water speed help you, twitch or move the road and vary the speed of the winding mechanism and you will get more hookups.........Ortho 8)
^^^Bingo! Except for the part about moving the road... I'm not sure how you do that. ;)
 
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