FLETCH IT!!!
By Montana Grant

Posted: May 10, 2020

Archers shoot a lot of arrows. Practicing 3-4 times a week means a lot of opportunity to tear a fletching. If the feather or plastic fletching, tears, it will affect the arrows flight. Wind resistance is increased, and the path can direct the shaft over the fence an into your neighbor’s yard.

Many archers take their damaged shafts to a Bow shop and get them repaired. This can become an expensive fix. The shaft must be cleared and cleaned of the old fletching and adhesive. If an exact match is not found, all the fletching may need changing.

Fletching an arrow is a skill that all archers should attempt. The tools and procedures are simple and cost effective. You will need a jig to hold the shaft in place and to align the fletching. An adhesive will hold the vane in place until it dries and secures. The process is important and rewarding.

You can set the fletching offset or in a helical pattern. Additional fletching can customize the arrow to fit your needs. Flu Flu shafts help with short range shooting and arrow recovery. Change the vane material size and length to hit the target you desire.

Check out YouTube videos to see techniques and products available. The Bohning Fletch tool is a popular and easy jig to use.

Do not for get to align the vanes and broadhead to promote perfect flight and stability. Also check the shaft for any nicks, damage, dents, or abuse. If the shaft becomes too damaged replace them with identical weights and styles.

Consider spraying your shafts with Armor All. This product will weatherproof the shaft, make the shaft easier to remove from a target, and add speed to the arrow. You will also reduce noise along with friction.

That one perfect shot is the result of many practice shots and the attention to details when working with your equipment.

Never stop learning!

Montana Grant

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