Re: battling the wind-rod strategy
The best tool for casting in wind is to adjust the size of the loop in the cast to a "tight loop". This is achieved through practice at quickening the stroke of the rod and shortening the length of the rod stroke. By watching the line on both the back cast and the forward cast you will know when you have increased the line speed and closed the loop. I have learned to run a cast about 1 - 1.5' between the upper and lower parts of the line while casting in wind or for situations where accuracy is the order.
When the wind is really strong you must do as described above and shorten the distances you expect to cast. If you persist in going for long lines in high winds you will quickly learn that the term "Wind Knot" is not just urban legend.
I hope that is of help,