I thought it'd be interesting to focus on people's "go to" retrieve for sub-surface sand lance patterns. I recognize the importance of varying your retrieve depending upon multiple factors of a given day, but I thought I'd ask for input from those of you experienced salt water fishermen. I'm a river fisherman by nature and new to the salt this spring and summer. The diversity of beaches, wildlife and tidal currents coupled with aggressive fish makes it every bit as enjoyable as river fishing in my book. My question is strictly limited to sub-surface sand lance patterns (Leland and others have very effectively described how to fish surface patterns). I've tried jerk stripping, the Susquehanna strip, swinging, swinging with intermittent 6 inch strips and have even received strikes reeling in the line quickly so I could assist my screaming child. Personally, I have the best luck casting out and letting the fly swing in the tidal current with brief six inch tugs. If there is little current, casting parallel to the shore with a similar retrieve also works. My questions for you: When you first start fishing a sub-surface sand lance pattern, what is your "go to" retrieve before you change it up if there's no action. Does it change if you've got a decent tidal current versus a slack period? And how long do you work one retrieve before switching to another variation. I remember reading that Les will sometimes allow the fly to sink toward the bottom as though it's going to burrow into the sand. Any other insights as how to best imitate sand lance behavior? Thanks.