To make an accurate cast in a side wind, you must direct the fly toward the surface in the target area. When it is windy, the water is a bit ruffled, so driving the fly to the surface usually won’t spook the fish. As soon as the rod tip stops in the target’s direction, the fly heads there. Im-mediately afterward, drop the rod tip to the water. This places all the fly line on the surface and will prevent it from being blown sideways.