How to Fletch Your Arrows
Fletching refers to the vanes or feathers that are attached to the arrow shaft. It is common to use a fletching jig to attach the vanes but it can be done without a jig. There are 3 types of vanes, Spin Wings/Spider Vanes, Plastic Vanes, and Feathers. Plastic Vanes and Feathers are fletched the same way whille Spin Wings/Spider Vanes a little extra work.
When using a jig it is best to use that particular jigs instruction as not all jugs are the same. Jigs do allow you to be more precise and consistent with the distance between vanes as well as the angle of the vane and how close or far from the end of the arrow shaft they are.
The adhesive for vanes varies; some people prefer fletching tape, others fletching glue. While standard super glue works, it generally isn't reccommeneded as it often leaves white marks on your shafts.
Start by placing the vane at the end of the arrow on your marking and work your way forward to the front of the vane, your vane can be straight or on a slight angle (helical) but all vanes should be consistent. Press and hold the vane long enough for the adhesive to dry and then move on to the next.
Fletching Plastic Vanes & Feathers
Fletching Spin Wings/ Spider Vanes
If you're having trouble getting your fletches on straight you can use a conventional jig or tools specifically designed for this task to ink on some reference lines to make the job easier and more consistant. The video below demonstrates how to do this.