Advice about casting a 0.9 gram fly with a 12 gram / 185 grain 6.2 meter scandi shooting head

Azkaban

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Hi,
I am considering using lightly weighted zonker flies of about [all included] 0.9 grams (= 13.9 grains) on single hooks size 6 (trout streamer type hooks) to try on my new 9' 5/6wt rod with a 6.2 meter 185 grain scandi shooting head (3D: float, hover, sink3) + 5 feet of tippet, underhand style (lack of room for a proper overhead backcast).
I am still a beginner at fly fishing, especially underhand style; do you think those flies would be too heavy to cast on my equipment or can I safely try?
How heavy do you think I can go as far as flies?
Thanks a lot in advance for your answers
Cheers
 

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Hi,
I am considering using lightly weighted zonker flies of about [all included] 0.9 grams (= 13.9 grains) on single hooks size 6 (trout streamer type hooks) to try on my new 9' 5/6wt rod with a 6.2 meter 185 grain scandi shooting head (3D: float, hover, sink3) + 5 feet of tippet, underhand style (lack of room for a proper overhead backcast).
I am still a beginner at fly fishing, especially underhand style; do you think those flies would be too heavy to cast on my equipment or can I safely try?
How heavy do you think I can go as far as flies?
Thanks a lot in advance for your answers
Cheers
You can do it but better to it but you need to make sure your taper of your line can cope I think a micro skagit taper would be better, and using a sustained anchor cast would be better

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A tapered leader will help with turnover . Fluorocarbon is stiffer than nylon, so using that might help
 

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Thanks.
I think I'll downsize a little, and use some other material on the fly. I've found this very interesting video:
Composite baitfish
On a size 8 hook it should do the trick.
 

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I've downsized the fly to a size 6 Ahrex NS 122 Light Stinger hook and a transparent plastic head (Fish-Mask), and used composite material for the body; it works like a charm - when I manage to get the cast right ;) - on a 5 foot fluoro leader. No need for the weighted head , the S3 tip brings the fly to the right depth in my neck of the woods.
Now, this single handed speycasting can be quite tricky to perform. Definitely not as easy as it seems in the vids; you really must get every step right and smoothly too. But when you get it right it flies :) I'll need a lot of practice for sure, but it's well worth the effort as I'll be able to fish lots of new stretches of water where an overhead cast would be near to impossible.
 
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