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Introduction

Thanks for reading my first blog post, I've decided to take a shot at this. I always seem to be pressed
for time so it's easy for me to say "I don't have time to do that", but, at the same time I also believe
we need to reach more archers and what better way to do that than to use the tools at hand. I'll keep
it brief.

 

Intent

The intent of The Flex-Fletch Archery Blog is to provide something informative and easy to read, as well
as to get readers thinking about the sport. I don’t want to get pigeonholed into just one area of archery
or anywhere for that matter. I’ll do my best to keep it light, I don’t want to get tech-y and boring. Each
edition will have a tidbit of information that may help archers in different aspects of the sport. We're
going to call this section Spot On.

 

Input from users via social media and email

If you have any input for me, I’m open to suggestions. You can drop me a line at daniel@flexfletch.com
anytime or through the contact page. Items of interest can be personal experience, articles, videos etc.
Or, since this is a blog that will accept responses just sign in and leave your comment here. You may also
see your entire email or post included.

 

Ask a Flexpert

This is a question and answer section. Pose a question and it may be answered by one of our Pro Staff.
This is intended to be a regular offering in each issue of this blog.

Question
"When fletching FFP-187’s on narrow shafts such as The Carbon Express Nano-Pro, what do you
suggest or prefer; straight, off-set or helical?"

We received more than one response from our team of Flexperts.

Darrin Christenberry
I prefer to use as much helical as I can on my arrows.  I suppose, depending on which fletching jig you
are using, you may be limited to the amount of off-set or helical you can use on small diameter shafts. 
No matter what shaft I am fletching, I like the tail end of the vane to be in the center of the shaft (having
the tail ends at exactly 12 o’clock, 4 o’clock, and 8 o’clock if you are looking directly down the shaft from
the nock end).  I try to get as much helical as I can and still be able to get clearance on my arrow rests. 
Keeping the tail of the vane in the center of the arrow will keep you from getting too much helical or
off-set on your fletching which can cause clearance issues.  I use a Bitzenburger fletching jig with the
“Zenith” nock adapter system.  With these, you can bend your fletching as much, or as little,  as you
want and get it perfect every time.

Christopher Perkins
I prefer a helical and as much as I can get without running into clearence  issues. When fletching a small
diameter shaft like that make sure you take your time in setting up your jig properly so you have full
vane to shaft contact. When properly cleaning your Flex Fletch vanes and arrows you will have the best
adhesion possible, and with A Flex fletch vane steering that arrow into the middle you will have
confidence shot after shot. 

Alex Wifler
I like to use a 2 degree helical on my outdoor arrows I've found that works the best for me. I shoot
Florescent Red/Hot Pink FFP-187 420 X10 pro tours on a last chance fletching jig.

Raymond Ma
I use a helical fletch over a vane wrap on my Carbon Express Nano Pros. The helical provides a
little extra spin to the arrow which helps it stabilize faster and is more forgiving.


Pat Coghlan, and echoed by Dr James Park author of Archery Technology-An Engineers View
I have done quite a reasonable amount of testing on this, I have used off-set, I try to gain as
much off-set as possible whilst maintaining good fletch base contact to the arrow shaft.
Straight:
On a still day this didn’t seem to change anything and the arrows would group fine in wind we could
actually film the arrows moving.
Helical:
I could never find on a small diameter shaft that this work very well at all.
Off-set:
Easy to achieve, and easily repeatable, arrows grouped better in wind. All test were completed using a
Hooter Shooter from Spot-Hogg.

Spot On

A section for tips and tricks relating to archery or other related It wouldn’t be right to introduce a new blog without a little something to take away from it so I’m going to
describe my glue application method during the fletching process. 

This Issues offering... A Tidy Fletch
Assuming some knowledge of arrow fletching, this is my procedure for producing a clean fletching job.
In a later post I’d like to do a full spot on fletching with input from readers and their techniques. 

1. With the vane in the clamp lay a small bead of glue along the base.Applying the glue

2. Using the side of the glue spout run it lightly along the base, effectively removing 50% of the adhesive.
This leaves a thin layer of glue along the entire base. Using less adhesive lessens the set and cure time.
When the glue cures you’ve got a clean job.Smoothing the glue out

3. Spot the tip and rear of the vane with a dab of glue.

Finished Fletch

4. Admire your work

You can try this technique next time you fletch. If you are using a method similar to this you can attest to
its benefits.

 

Thanks for reading.

Daniel Grundman


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