vane distance from nock
I am just about to fletch my own arrows for the first time. I am reading a few guides posted on tinternet. But it seems that there in no exact distance to set the vane from the noch. or am i wrong and missing something obvious?
I am fletching ally carbon, cartel x pert 520's with 43mm plastivane, arrow size 31.5 using 34# bow
I usually determine the position of mine by lining the 1st joint of my index finger square with the bottom of the valley of the nock and the distance to the tip of my finger + 1/4" is where I position the rear of the fletching down the shaft. The info supplied with spinwing vanes say just 1" down from the valley of the nock.
quite often seems to depend on how you're shooting. i shoot barebow and i like to put the fletchings so that when i am at full draw, it is touching the end of my nose. that way i have two anchor points. finger and fletching. seems to make sense to me (an one day i might actually pay attention to keeping it touching my nose until i let go of the bloody string)
There is no magic figure, I built one set of arrows with the fletchings waaay down the shaft, because I'd already stuck the nocks on and couldn't get the shafts into my homebrew fletching jig in the right position. They flew fine, just look a bit odd.
As long as you have enough finger clearance it's fine, choose an easy convenient measure and use that.
Different for filght shooting of course, where I think you want 'em as near the nock as poss'
Thanks for the tips guys. So it is as i thought, there is no set distance.
Thanks Buzz for th rule of thumb or index finger technique. I guess a 1,1/4" is a good distance.
Thanks everyone for your help. If you know of any comprehensive fletching posts on here or if you are able to comments further i would greatly appreciate it. As i am about to embark on the stripping of the arrows ready for my first fletching attempt.
Side question, anyone have a good tip for removing a glued in gnock?
fletches should be as far back as possible (because that is where they steer best), but not so far back that you get contact with your face (because that causes inconsistency). About an inch or so from nock groove should be about right, but will differ depending on how you anchor.