Dont get caught up in the distance cycle - better to try to concentrate on making good presentations at your best distance than poor ones at range.
Consider that with a #8 and a 3 inch deceiver with a
Side wind from the left conditions feel relatively easy and casting (if your a right hander) will be good.
Side wind from the right (if your a right hander) and things become a little more difficult and potentially dangerous as the fly tracks close to you. It might be worthwhile learning to cast backwards.
Wind straight on and things are tough - try to keep casting form good and do not force your cast but try to do everything a little better - nice stops, tighter loops, line aimed down at the water. Relax into it.
Consider the above again and imagine you are fishing on the south coast - wind from the left means from the east not a good sign for bass fishing, wind from the right means south westerly and wind straight on southerly - both good times for fishing but demanding of your skills - fish are often closer but conditions are often tougher
If your best cast over grass in good conditions is 22 metres - what is your best cast when faced with two foot waves and a force four headwind with a 4 inch flatwing on board?
Knowing where the fish are, their behaviour, feeding and location to within 100 feet and then catching one on the fly is one of anglings great challenges - distance is a 'tool' you need yes but only one of many.
This fish http://www.probassfisher.com/2009/09/tw ... n-fly.html
was caught at ten meters - many others are caught further out or even closer in.