Originally Posted by standman
On an associated note: I prefer casting into the wind than having the wind blowing from my right. A few years ago I was fishing a yellow sponge spider for bluegill when a sudden gust of wind blew the fly into the path of my face.
Despite my efforts, I had to go to the walk-in clinic to have it removed from my lip. My wife still likes to relate the story of my hooking the "big one".
Therefore, another practice I like to use, especially when there is much wind: pinching the barb of the hook.
That is a great time to cast left-handed. It has served me well and my casting stroke has less wasted motion in it with my off-hand. I do tire more quickly casting left-handed though.