I have been bowhunting for
over 20 years.When I first started, I
shot all the time.Back then, when I
lost a fletching the arrow went into a box for me to take to the local archery
shop.I spent countless amounts of money
getting my arrows re-fletched.So one
day, I decided to look into doing it myself. It had to be easy; it sure didn?t look hard for the guy at the archery
shop.After researching my favorite
outdoors shopping catalog (We didn?t have the internet back then) I bought one
of these multi-fletchers that could do six arrows at a time.I thought, ?Boy, now I am in business.?I could not have been anymore wrong.First, I was having problems with glue not adhering
to the shafts. Second, some of the vanes would not be even on the arrow.
Meaning, one would be forward on the shaft, while one would be set back by the
nock.After a few years and lots of
fletching, I was able to get it right. There were so many things to learn and unfortunately, I had to learn
them the hard way.
It was my pleasure to accept this assignment and
pass on the information that I have learned. I am going to do this in a three part series that will provided you with
a step-by-step method to ensure your arrows are perfect, every time.For this process I will be using Carbon
Express Maxima arrow shafts, Easy Eye arrow wraps, Flex Fletch Vanes and bond
adhesive and Gateway feathers. For attaching the vanes to the shafts, I will be
using the innovative, easy to use Arizona E-Z Fletch.
First things first, you need to ensure that your
arrows are free of any grease or dirt. This is the most important step in arrow building.We will be using arrow wraps to glue the
vanes to, but you still need to ensure the arrow is free of oil.I use acetone to clean my arrows and vanes
for a couple of reasons.First, acetone
is inexpensive and second, it dries quickly. Other lacquer thinners and things of that nature take a while to dry and
are more expensive.Now grab an old rag,
wet it with some acetone and wipe the arrow where you plan on placing the
wrap.Once you are done, just set the
arrows to the side and let them dry for about five minutes.
To insert the nocks, simply push the end into the back
end of the arrow shaft. Then, utilizing a nock tool, push to ensure the nock is
seated. Once seated, you can use the same tool to turn the nock in the
shaft.Keep the nock tool handy, because
we will be using it in another chapter.
As I mentioned before, we are using the Easy Eye Arrow
Wraps. These waterproof wraps are made of a high
performance vinyl with an exclusive 3M adhesive backing that works on Carbon,
Wood, Aluminum and Fiberglass shafts. They improve adhesion by 10 times over
gluing to any style of shaft and you can use any type of fletching adhesive
that you want.
Position below nock on adhesive side of Wrap
First, peel the wrap off of the paper and lay the sticky
side up on a mouse-pad or similar cushion type surface. Take your arrow and
align the nock end with the wrap. Then slide the arrow until it makes contact
with the wrap.This should be right
below your nock of your arrow. Once contact is made, move the main body
of the arrow up until it touches the wrap.
Center evenly on Wrap
Second, Press firmly and roll the arrow
shaft across the wrap pushing away from you.
Roll shaft onto Wrap
Third, rub the arrow to ensure it is adhered to the
shaft completely and you are done. Presto, in less than 30 seconds you have a nice looking wrapped arrow.
All Wrapped up and ready for step 2.
Like I said before, this is going to be a three
part series.It is imperative that you
clean the arrow with something.Even if
you are not using wraps, it only takes a drop of oil to keep a vane from
adhering to the shaft.In the next
installment we will cover Vane/feather
preparation and attachment to the shaft using the Arizona E-Z Fletch.