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    us
    Dec 2016
    Oroville, WA.
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    Where have all the dredgers gone?

    It's July 4th on the Similkameen river. Usually at this time of year there could be 30 to 50 dredges on the river. Today there are 3. It could be that folks assume the future regulations are already in effect, which is not the case. In my twenty plus years on the river this will be the best year to dredge due to low water levels and a mild, beautiful summer. Also due to lasts years record flood there will be plenty of flood gold. With gold at $14 + it can't be due to the price of gold. As a side bar, there aren't any tourists around, either. ?? I'madono
    Last edited by Shankersbend; Jul 04, 2019 at 01:08 PM.

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    us
    Feb 2015
    Moses Lake WA & Provo UT
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shankersbend View Post
    It's July 4th on the Similkameen river. Usually at this time of year there could be 30 to 50 dredges on the river. Today there are 3. It could be that folks assume the future regulations are already in effect, which is not the case. In my twenty plus years on the river this will be the best year to dredge due to low water levels and a mild, beautiful summer. Also due to lasts years record flood there will be plenty of flood gold. With gold at $14 + it can't be due to the price of gold. As a side bar, there aren't any tourists around, either. ?? I'madono
    Interesting, if I had a dredge, I'd be up there to join you! I'd really like to try dredging and I think I should probably find someone going up to the Similkameen this summer that needs a hand and will let me try it out.

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    us
    Commercial Diving Company Owner

    Feb 2005
    Eastern PA
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    ALLEN,
    If I could swing it this year, I would be out there with you for another try in the area we tried last summer. did you redesign the air pulley adjustment? im gonna try getting out there next year depending on how bad the new regs are


    i miss that pretty river
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  4. #4
    us
    Mine President, XPBC, GIH, stamp mill operator, snuffer bottle owner.

    Dec 2013
    Arcata, California
    Fisher 1212-x Fisher Gold Bug 2 Whites 4900/SP3 Rocker boxes, Keene sluices, Bazooka sluice, 2.5", 4" lowbankers, highbankers. Witch Sticks.
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    How big a dredge can you run up there?

  5. #5
    us
    Commercial Diving Company Owner

    Feb 2005
    Eastern PA
    Garrett At Pro, MX500 Proton Mag fisher gold bug, whites PI, Garrett gold scorpion
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    156 times
    Prospecting
    6" suction intake, 10 sq ft maximum of recovery area in the sluice box (riffles, mats, etc)
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  6. #6
    us
    Dec 2016
    Oroville, WA.
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    Bob, will pm you tomorrow

  7. #7
    us
    Mar 2003
    Redding,Calif.
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    The mind is willing but the body isn't. Hope you have a ball and find oro puro a plenty-John
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  8. #8
    us
    Just Another Old Guy

    Feb 2008
    Grays Harbor in Washington state
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    Unfortunately, this post brought back a memory of a song..

    Just substitute "miners" for where have all the...gone
    The misinformed greener liberals are taking over, law by law, slowly and quickly . It'll all soon be just fond memories as we age and our children will never know the contributions miners have done to enrich their way of life
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    I'm a drinker with a heavy prospecting problem and I'm out of dirt again

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    us
    Apr 2014
    SW Oregon
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    .............undercover...............
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