I think flipping is definitely the way to go. It’s easier to control, so casts are more likely to be accurate. There’s two ways to flip cast. One way is to open the bail and grab the line with your non-rod hand, rock the spinner back toward you and release when you make the underhand flip motion. The other way is to use your rod hand to release the line and flip.
To get the accuracy down of different length casts, you can practice various length casts in your yard or some other convenient place. If you have a frisbee and can land your casts in it, you’ll have the accuracy down.
I sometimes use side arm casts on larger streams. I throw a straight overhead cast maybe 5 times a year and only when I have no other alternative. Overhead casts can sail and the result is often a lost lure.
Hope that helps.
Last edited by Trout Traveler; 07-28-2018 at 03:41 PM.