Rigging up arrows has never been so simple. It’s easy and inexpensive. So don’t waste money by having someone else do it for you. It just takes a few tools, a little time and some know-how to get the job done.
- arrow fletching jig
- arrow-squaring tool
- saw (fine-tooth)
- fletching (feathers or vanes)
- fletching glue
MEASURE DRAW LENGTH
If you don’t know your draw length, have it measured at a bow shop for best accuracy. You can roughly measure it at home by facing a wall, hold out your weak-arm’s fist until it touches the wall, then measure from the wall to the corner of your mouth.
CHOOSE YOUR ARROW
Picking the right arrow is crucial. Most manufacturers have websites that tell you what arrow you need based on your bow’s specifications. Using those guides will prevent a lot of frustration.
SIZE THE ARROW
Mark the arrow with a Sharpie an inchlonger than your draw length. Once the tip is installed, it should extend approximately two inches past the rest.
CUT THE ARROW
Use the mark to cut the arrow. It is important to have a saw that fits the job. Make sure it has fine teeth for a smoother cut. Use a vise or clamp to hold the arrow still while you make the cut.
Be careful not to damage or crush the arrow. Use an arrow-squaring tool to square the end of the arrow. Clean any residue left on the arrow.
GLUE THE INSERT
Use fletching glue to secure the insert into the tip of the arrow. Run several beads of glue around the insert to ensure it does not come out. Make sure it is seated fully.
INSERT THE NOCK
Insert the nock into the other end of the arrow. Make sure it is seated and snug but still twists.
INSERT THE FIELD POINT
Screw in your choice of field point. Make sure it is tight and does not rattle. Use the same grain weight field point as your broadhead.
FLETCH THE ARROW
Use the fletching tool to fletch the arrow.
Most fletching tools give the option of using either three or fourvanes. The number of vanes should match the number of blades on your broadhead. Allow each vane to dry for 5 minutes before moving on. Give the arrow 10 more minutes to cure.
THE TWIRL TEST
It is time to put your broadhead on. Make sure the vanes perfectly line up with the blades. Now put the tip of the broadhead down on the table, with the nock pointed at the ceiling, and twirl the arrow. If it spins without wobbling, it is well-balanced. If it doesn’t, go back to the drawing board. Once you start shooting, number your arrows so you remember which ones fly the best.