Fly casting from the open surroundings of a lake shore is one of the best ways to improve your technique and gain some casting confidence. But, as Russ Miller from Fishpond demonstrates below, casting can be even better if you position yourself for success.
The idea is to simply eliminate the variables that might make casting more challenging. As Miller demonstrates, if you can position yourself to cast with the wind at your back, or coming over your non-casting shoulder, you can really drill down on your technique, watch your backcast and quickly fix any little quirks. And, as a bonus, you can cast farther and cover more water with your fly.
— Chris Hunt