Still water will work. Shoot a bit of line into your cast then smoothly strip back in to create a nice slack free line. Leaning in to the rod/line on last couple strips with low rod tip helps.
As for casting on closed waters, I do it [to close not to take advantage] but wonder how things might unfold if seen by LE officer. With todays cellular world good chance a concerned citizen might 'drop a dime' and rightfully so I suppose.
Taken from MI 2009 regs: Unlawful Activities "Fish for any species or possess fishing devices along a stream closed to fishing"
I stick with Fred's above guidelines, no other gear/tackle, especially flies, even in the vehicle. Yarn fluffy only.
Is 99% of the 'game checks' are done by the Oregon State Police; yes, that's correct, not the Woof's. At least these guys/gals (have met the exception, and it was funny as all heck as the other two Officers knew me by sight) know a 'say what??' Sniff, Sniff, what's wrong(right) with this picture?
'New officer' on beach patrol? Who knows? But (three of them coming down the Rogue in a drift boat) pulled in to check (what-ever); young lady who walks up to check my lic/et al is a complete fool and full of herself.
Two guys staying a few yards back at the DB are doing everything they can do to keep from laughing out loud as the three of us know each other from over the past several years.
'May I see your licence Sir?'
'Yes Mam, but may I see your identification first.'
From then on the next 5 minutes got really fun ... almost thought I'd go away in handcuffs. (The other two finally walked up and told her to calm down
- and get a life?)