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What is your preferred flu flu arrow fletching? How many feathers, how long, 3,4,6, spiral? I’ve been shooting double spiral fletch but they get stuck in trees too easily, looking to switch it up. What do you guys recommend?
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I experimented with some back when I was a bow-ed instructor just for class demonstration. I had made two 3,4 and 6 Fletch. If I was going to do some serious shooting I would just make 3 fletch.
The first time I shot those the wind was 20 mph. When I shot the 6f you would have thought that I had thrown a parachute.

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It really depends what you want to achieve. The different fletches perform totally differently in terms of slowing the arrow. Playing might need a quickly stopped arrow, shooting an aerial target might need a bit less. Pass shooting geese requires the arrow to get there and ccx still have enough stuff to do something once it gets there. I learned that the hard way when an attempt to decoy wasn't going well and the arrows fell out of the sky before getting to the passing geese.
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I use both types of fletching, spiral and straight.  Two (8") feather 6" spiral and 6 full feather 5" straight.  The spirals are for having fun just shooting them.  They buzz like giant bees and in yellow and black they look it too.  I also have a whistle on one.  The straight fletched are for more serious activities.  Hunting tree rats, the occasional pheasant and aerial targets.  Frank
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After you make up some with different feathers, go to an open field and shoot them for distance, you get an idea what is best for you. I like a balloon fletching that looks like a blown up parabolic.
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Hud..what i hunt with is essentially that. Three fletch. Custom cut 6" fletches, cut as bananna cuts but getting as much feather height as the feather allows, so in this case, maybe "balloon" is a better name. They go about 75 to 80 paces. Using pink or fluo yellow fletch i can find them, but they still have it at 25 yards.
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I never shot them before until a few months ago. Made up two arrows with three 4” flu flu , right wing helical. Only jig I have. I have judo points on them. Love shooting them. They can go quite a ways. Fun shooting long range, big arc. The sound makes me grin. Really can’t tell much difference in speed/trajectory compared to regular fletching out to around 15 yards maybe more.
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How about a pic of your "balloon" fletching.  Thanks, Frank.
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I use the spiral since my feathers are all full length.   They need to be wrapped with the wraps close together.  They tend to fly with a bit of spin in the tail but otherwise ok.  
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20200408_120233.jpg here's an example of mine Frank

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Thanks Chuck.  They look pretty cool.  Frank
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I've always just used three feathers, about 4-5 inches long. I cut them out of a full length feather, so they are full height and no shaping.
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I experimented with some back when I was a bow-ed instructor just for class demonstration. I had made two 3,4 and 6 Fletch. If I was going to do some serious shooting I would just make 3 fletch.
The first time I shot those the wind was 20 mph. When I shot the 6f you would have thought that I had thrown a parachute.


Eddie I like your description of the parachute! Too funny.
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Im going to be making some spiral ones next week. Ill let yall know how they turn out.
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I like four 4" feathers I really want to try the spiral FLU FLU. 
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Im going to be making some spiral ones next week. Ill let yall know how they turn out.


Zip, wind them close and with the bottom side of the feather facing the arrow tip.  

Close decreases spiral and bottom facing the tip holds stout against the wind. 

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I ordered the spiral wrap feathers from three rivers archery, I found some that were got enough for regular flu-flus and made up three of those. Then I made six spiral fletch ones. I think the spiral is more economical.
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I made a bunch of spirals a few years ago. They really slow the arrows down. I tested in a big open field and trimmed them until they would fall where I wanted them to.
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Yeah, the spirals definitely create more drag. Once I can get outside and shoot some more I'll try trimming them till they fit my needs. 
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