How to build a hunting arrow: Fletching
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How to build a hunting arrow: Fletching

August 16, 2019

Hey everybody this is PJ Reilly from
Lancaster Archery. Today what we’re gonna do is fletch our arrows that we’ve got
for hunting. Our Black Eagle Rampage 300. We’re just gonna fletch them up and show you
how that process works and put some wraps on them. What you want to keep in
mind with fletching, kind of the industry standard today, is a two-inch high
profile vein this is what you’re gonna see on most arrows. Nine times out of ten
that’s gonna be that’s gonna work for whitetail bow hunters in the woods
treestands shooting twenty yards or so. If you want to make sure that you have
the most accurate setup you’re gonna want to experiment there are fletchings
of all different shapes and sizes and different lengths. This one here is 2.25
inches. It’s a lower profile and look. In here we’ve got a three-inch parabolic.
This one here is about two and a half inches and it’s called a heat vane. It’s
of extra stiff material so there’s all different kinds of fletchings out there.
And what you want to do is play with them, try different combinations see what
works best for your setup. Everybody’s going to be different. Something’s gonna
work you know for one guy may work differently for another. What I like to
use this is the Last Chance Archery Vane Master Pro. This is kind of
the Cadillac of fletching jigs. But with this fletching jig I can do
everything. So we I can do left or right offset left or right helical. I can do
either with this jig. I’ve got different knobs that I can put in as you can see
here. I can do a three vane fletch or I can also switch out some components and
I can do four fletch to try. And you know just to experiment try different things
not all fletching jigs give you that versatility. The Vane Master Pro of
course does. There are others that give you that versatility as well, but my
point is I want you to be able to play with some different things so that
you can find a good setup for your bow. As I mentioned about helical and offset
in our previous video, we determined that my arrows spin counterclockwise so I
want to set my fletching jig with a left helical and left offset. I want my vanes
to sit to the left so that my arrow, it just encourages my arrow to keep
spinning to the left. So what I’ve preset here is I’ve got my fletching jig set up
with a 4 degree left helical we’re going to begin our process with a wrap. We’ve
got a Lancaster Archery Supply arrow wrap. A lot of guys are using these today.
What’s the benefit of it? Well carbon if you were to glue vanes directly on to
the carbon and then let’s say one comes off, where you want to change vanes or
something like that you peel it off you start sanding it down. Eventually you can
gouge into the carbon and over time. That’s gonna put undue wear on your
arrows you don’t want that. With a wrap you can just peel the wrap off and the
fletching comes with it and then your shaft underneath is untouched. It’s
perfect. So we like to use wraps. Besides that they’re neat, you can customize your
arrows so they look unique to you. You can see here, we’re going to use white that’s
going to make this arrow – it’s going to make it really stand out. You know it
show us what kind of blood we’ve got when you get a pass-through shot. And I’m gonna
line it up just below the nock. This is a perfect surface. This is like a carpeted
surface so I can push down on to it. If you do it on a hard surface it’s not it
doesn’t work quite as well. So you can get a pad or you can do it on the carpet
at home and also I’m going to do is line up and I’m kind of pressing down as I
roll the vane on you can see there I get a perfect wrap then I’m gonna bring over
to my fletching jig. I’m gonna set this in. I want to make
sure I don’t roll over the seam. Get yourself a good fletching glue. Here this
stuff sets really fast – this Maxi-cure. And I’m just gonna put a thin
bead. You don’t want too much glue but you need enough right down the center. I
want to make sure I got a nice solid line of glue set on here. As you like
to just press and hold together for a 10 count and then this glue is so fast
setting that I could just after a 10 count I can remove my jig spin the arrow
move to the next one. Make sure I clean off my arms there. Just to keep the vane
from sticking to this fletching jig. I said it’s got different dials for 3 vane and 4
vane and whichever one you want…
when you rotate the arrow it’s going to click and it’s going to perfectly space
those vanes apart. So that you know you’re getting the correct adhesion for
your vanes to the arrow. You can have them in the right placement around the
shaft. We’ve got lots of different fletching jigs at Lancaster Archery
Supply on our website you can go there and pick out
whichever one you think will work for you. And there you have it. You’ve got a
perfectly spaced fletching job there. And you can see we have a left offset that’s
4 degrees left. I also put a helical. Incidentally
helical means that it’s curving the vein around the shaft rather than just simply
placing it straight on the shaft at an offset. That’s what the offset is
doing. It just turns it to one side sets it on helical kind of curves it around
just gives it a little more spin in the arrow shaft. Be sure to subscribe to our
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  1. I prefer to use a semi-hard mouse mat when i put on my wraps. No fibers to come loose and stick to to the wrap. Good vid!

  2. Thanks for the video.  How about how to clean off the old wrap, fletching, and make it ready to re-fletch the arrow?

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