Re: Casting Practice.
Practice doesn't make perfect! Perfect practice makes perfect! You want to be sure you are doing things correctly. Our fly fishing clubs have an hour before regular meeting for casting on a nearby pond. I have at least one rod rigged in my garage and pick it up a couple times a week and go through some simple drills on the lawn. Always starting with a short line and keeping it in constant contact with the tip as I false cast, slowly increasing line length. Trees with low branches allow side arm practice, sprinkler heads and mail boxes are good targets. As a guide, I am on the water frequently but also fish on days off. In Florida, weather isn't a problem. On a windy day, I will practice casting in the wind. The last thing I do is a few casts for distance.
Doug's book is excellent, and highly recommended!