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  1. #46

    Sep 2012
    Southern California
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    Are you in a dry suit there Neo? How cold was the water here? Thanks..

  2. #47
    us
    Oct 2012
    Jackson, NJ
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    man, I wish I lived on the west coast!

    Is there gold located in NJ?
    New to the game but I'll be here for a while

  3. #48
    us
    Sniper

    Aug 2012
    Redding
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    No dry suit but a really nice guy gave my wife a 7mm wetsuit because it didnt fit him anymore.

    Coffee there is gold in New York so I would assume that you might have some luck there too.
    Check out my Gold Sniping video's. http://www.youtube.com/CrainRacing

    Head in the water, butt in the air.
    Now I know why ducks do it!
    Underwater Sniper n00b

  4. #49
    us
    Oct 2012
    Bostonia,Ca
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    I just got turned onto this thread. Nice video NeoTokyo. And thanks goldenmojo.
    NeoTokyo likes this.

  5. #50
    us
    Sniper

    Aug 2012
    Redding
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    lol, yup, one of my earliest threads.
    Check out my Gold Sniping video's. http://www.youtube.com/CrainRacing

    Head in the water, butt in the air.
    Now I know why ducks do it!
    Underwater Sniper n00b

  6. #51
    us
    Oct 2012
    Bostonia,Ca
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    Im looking to get into sniping this year.
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  7. #52
    us
    Jan 2013
    Cottonwood, CA
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    Just moved to Redding this month. First weekend I drove around and checked the rivers and and trailheads. Just getting familiar with the area. Have to say I was surprised by the extensive tailing piles along Clear Creek. Did not know they had the large dredges up this far north.

    Can't wait to get settled in and start prospecting. Any areas I need to stay away from? I heard Whiskeytown rec area is off limits. Horsetown also. Though a ranger told me pick, shovels and pans were okay along Clear Creek.

    I'm thinking of trying the snipping thing also. My best find in Sacramento area was picked out of the bedrock while swimming one day. I think Neo has the right idea.

    Anyway, hello to all the Redding folk. Maybe I'll see you on the river.
    NeoTokyo and ratled like this.
    'Never fear in the dark, that which you believed in the light..."

  8. #53
    us
    Sniper

    Aug 2012
    Redding
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    Welcome to Redding!

    We should meet up sometime to snipe.

    There are lots of tailings piles all over Shasta county, big dredges brought into some remote area's.
    French Gulch was one of those areas that was commercially dredged and still has massive tailings piles scattered around.

    You are mostly right about the area.

    Whiskeytown Rec Area is open to pans and hands only, scoops can be no larger than 8" and I think the max size of a pan is 14".
    No screens or sluice boxes are allowed either. You can however use a Pyramid Pro Pan in the park but because of the shape, you may run into a ranger that doesn't agree with the others. Best thing to do is take down the name of the ranger that said it was ok. The Pyramid Pro Pan is the best possible tool to use legally in the park.

    You also may only prospect within the water and not undermine vegetation, roots or structures.

    You must purchased a 1 year gold panning permit at the visitor center for everyone that is panning, they are $1 dollar each.
    You also have to have the park pass (Per vehicle), either a $40 One year pass or a $10 Seven day pass, I opt for the 1 year pass.


    As for lower clear creek, Horsetown is 100% off limits to all forms of prospecting.

    All else listed on the maps are open to all non-motorizes prospecting including sluice box's and require no permits, just good times and cleaning up a little bit a trash along the way.

    If you decide to try your luck in the Canyon there are a couple spots that are private property between Clear Creek Bridge and Placer St. Bridge, check a map and memorize the turns of the creek to avoid prospecting on those properties. If you go above Placer St. Bridge along Mule Mountain Road, be careful as the Whiskeytown park does start again down the road. A map of the area showing the park borders is the best way to play it safe.

    Lower Clear Creek is an automatically water/temperature managed creek that can turn into a raging river at the blink of an eye.
    This is rare to have happen to that extent but rising around a foot in a short time is not uncommon.
    This happens because the creek is infused with cold water from Whiskeytown Lake if temperatures get too high.
    The temperature is usually around 52-55 degrees.

    I do not snipe Lower Clear Creek until we see triple digit heat numbers, then I can manage the frigid waters.

    Lower Clear Creek is filled with Mercury, and where there is Mercury you will find gold.

    Chip at the Miners Cache sells a fully contained, jacketed and cooled Mercury retort for $240.

    I would not bother too much with sluicing gravels on lower clear creek, there isn't much color left in them, the good deposits are in the creek on bedrock.
    Last edited by NeoTokyo; May 16, 2016 at 08:23 PM.
    Check out my Gold Sniping video's. http://www.youtube.com/CrainRacing

    Head in the water, butt in the air.
    Now I know why ducks do it!
    Underwater Sniper n00b

  9. #54
    us
    Sniper

    Aug 2012
    Redding
    Eyes - Nokta FORS Gold - Fisher Gold Bug II
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    Prospecting
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    PS. There is TONS of lead in all the creeks, especially lower clear creek.
    Be awesome and take that lead home.
    Check out my Gold Sniping video's. http://www.youtube.com/CrainRacing

    Head in the water, butt in the air.
    Now I know why ducks do it!
    Underwater Sniper n00b

  10. #55
    us
    Jan 2013
    Cottonwood, CA
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    Prospecting
    Neo,

    Thanks for the info. I see I've got plenty of areas to visit. Was wondering about that area between the bridges on clear creek. Looks pretty nice. I did the cloverdale loop trail and got a look at it. I'll check my maps and figure out some safe areas to try. What about above placer road up to the park border? Or even higher up above French Gulch? Didn't I read about a huge nugget that was found on clear creek? Or was that spring creek?

    Can't wait to get out there.

    I'm with you on the lead. Just like trash, pack it out if I find it.
    'Never fear in the dark, that which you believed in the light..."

 

 
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