Helical fletching will set the vane at a slight offset at the back and then curve the vane back in the opposite direction toward the front. Adding this “twist” to the vane will give your arrow the maximum amount of rotation in flight, thus resulting in the best broadhead stability and greatest accuracy. Right helical is standard in today’s industry, Left helical is a more traditional style. Both work equally well.
Straight fletching will set all three vanes in a straight line down the arrow shaft. This style is popular for crossbows with narrow rails and archers using traditional equipment. Straight fletching offers the least amount of drag in flight, giving a very slight increase in arrow speed, at the loss of some accuracy and broadhead stabilization.
Offset fletching sets the vanes in a straight line, but at a 4-degree angle down the arrow. This style is popular again for crossbows due to their rail systems. Offset fletching offers moderate accuracy and broadhead stabilization.
How long should my arrows stay in the E-Z Fletch?
For vinyl-based glues such as Fletch-Tite, leave vanes in the fletching tool for 3-5 minutes, and 10-15 minutes for feathers. For cyanoacrylate glues (super glue), leave the vane or feather in the tool for 2-3 minutes. Beware leaving cyanoacrylate glues in the tool for too long, since the glue can seep out and bond the vane to the tool itself.
How should I clean my E-Z Fletch?
A small wire brush can be used to clean old glue out of the tool. For excessive glue buildup, the E-Z Fletch can be soaked in acetone.