In summer time, I have found most of my success with a little bit of a quicker retrieve than a slower one, and in colder temperatures I typically slow it down considerably. In fact, in winter time you really can't fish the CountDown too slowly. Of course some people say you can catch them just the same in the summer as in the winter, but this usually is due to unusual conditions. My number one spot to throw the CountDown CD01 is in the eddies that form in streams and rivers. I like to cast the CountDown into these eddies and then letting the lure fall for a second or two. After this, I usually hook up with a fish shortly into my first tug, but if not I will work it into the current. You will want to make sure that you cast the CountDown upstream in rivers as this is the direction fish face.