As archers across the country are getting tuned up for the upcoming seasons (WOOHOO!!) many might find arrows in need of repair. Tight groups while practicing are definitely desirable but sometimes fletchings can get damaged or ripped off as arrows stack up on each other while practicing. Throw in broadhead tuning and vanes can get sliced right off. No fun for someone who’s intimidated by fletching arrows or sees the job as one for the ever increasingly busy archery shops. With the ease of the Arizona EZ Fletch no one should be intimidated or outsource their fletching to someone else!! This fletching ‘jig’ lives up to its’ name and can make QUICK work of a stack of arrows in no time. Even archers that have jigs that do one vane at a time can benefit from the EZ Fletch simply because of the time saving aspect. Not many things in life are more valuable than our time, especially as our hunts are quickly approaching.
Like most things that work great the EZ fletch has an ingenious, and simple design (why couldn’t I have thought of this?). The fletcher has a spring in the base that when released puts 13 pounds of pressure on the arms that hold the vanes to the arrow. This spring loaded action secures the vanes with the assurance they will not slip. I have used another jig that uses magnets. I found these difficult at times to set the magnets just right while quick dry glue was on the vanes and getting smeared on the arrows. On one occasion as the glue was setting I accidentally nudged the arrow and the vane moved. I had to strip the vane off and start again. FRUSTRATING to say the least! After that incident I started setting up an eighteen foot impenetrable perimeter around my arrow building station, no fun for ANYONE! No such worries with the EZ fletch.
Another difference from my now retired BPE jig is the portability of the AZ EZ fletch. Many jigs have to be secured to a stationary object. The EZ fletch can be packed away and taken anywhere which is great for those out of state hunts and the arrow emergencies at camp.
Ok so how does it work? Well once you have your arrows prepped and ready to go the whole process takes 4 EZ steps.
Step 1 – Engage the spring in the upright locked position.
Step 2 – Open the arms and insert the vanes.
Step 3 – Put the arrow in the center and add a bead of glue down the vanes. *note, the arms can open slightly to allow the arrow to slide into position. Depending on which EZ fletch you purchase and your arrow diameter you may not need to worry about this.
*slightly opening the arm to fit an arrow if necessary
Step 4 – Release the spring which will automatically raise the arms and place the cap snugly over the top of the arms.
The arrows only take 3 minutes to set up with most fletching glue. Remove the cap, push the spring back up and lock it. That’s it!! In about 4 minutes you have a complete arrow done…it’s just that EZ!
The ONLY problem I’ve had with the EZ Fletch is when my glue lifted a vane out of position. I didn’t reset it back in the arm correctly and it came out slightly higher than the other two vanes. Other than that one instance I am totally pleased with this product. Heck, I wish I had the time back from all the other arrows I’ve done on my old jig…one vane at a time. Not anymore; it’s EZ from hear on out for this guy. So if you have always wanted to try fletching your own arrows or are a seasoned veteran arrow builder I would suggest the Arizona EZ Fletch. It’s a breeze to use, quick, and portable. The AZ EZ fletch retails for about $45 dollars and I think is well worth the cost. I hope your fine tuning goes well and your arrows find their mark this season…we’re getting CLOSE!!!