You want to action you use for retrieval to match the speed of the water. For instance, when fishing calm water, the action should be smooth and slow whereas for fast-moving water, you need to retrieve at a faster rate.
What you want to avoid is starting the retrieval process and then stopping. This start/stop action will cause the blade to rotate erratically, spooking the trout. Remember, you want just the right amount of flash to attract the trout, which is what you will get with a consistent retrieval that matches the waters current.
Remember that spinners are designed to work in a specific way. When you retrieve incorrectly, you are not allowing that spinner to work at its maximum potential. Since spinners work by creating flash, sound, and vibration, it is important that you retrieve appropriate so that not one or two of the aspects are working but all three.
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