How To Fletch Recurve Vanes
Learning how to fletch is quite daunting at first. If you’re new to archery, it can seem like a dark art and it’s understandable if you feel nervous fletching your first set of arrows.
However, you can learn to fletch an arrow pretty easily, and once you practice it a few times it will become much quicker and more accurate.
Don’t expect your first set of arrows to have perfect fletchings, just make sure you give it a go and keep improving how you do it. Fletching is super important to the overall accuracy of your shooting, because the fletches have a huge impact on how the arrow flies. So spend the time on this to do it properly and always make sure to repair your fletches when they get damaged.
The video below outlines how to fletch an arrow with SpinWings because that’s the vane I use, but the same instructions apply to all recurve “Spin Vanes” such as Eli Vanes, Spider Vanes, XsWings…etc.
If you consistently have vanes ripping off or tearing when you shoot, you could have a clearance problem that needs fixing.
How To Fletch – Video Overview:
What do you need?
- Double sided adhesive
- Top/Tail tape
- Beiter tri-liner (or some other way to mark the lines)
- White paint pen
- Your arrow (obviously…).
Step 1: De-fletch and clean
Take the previous fletches off and remove all the adhesive. I just use my thumb, and maybe a super light scraping with a pair of scissors if the tape is stuck on hard. Make sure you don’t scratch the carbon, and if you use acetone take your nocks off as the solvents make plastic crack.