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    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
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    Rookie Gold!

    My wife and I got our first gold on the South Fork of the Nooksack today. It's not much, but we only ran about 1 five gallon bucket of gravel classified to 1/8 and run through a Angus Mackirk Foreman sluice. I had trouble getting the sluice to run right so there was a lot of time wasted, so I'm pretty happy with what we got, and yes I did the happy gold dance, which wasted more time. The gold looks bigger in person!Click image for larger version. 

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    dave

    Aug 2015
    Eastern Victoria
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    it all adds up .. and it looks like you need to season the pan a bit more .. the water shouldn't bead like that

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    us
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
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    Congrats Mike...

    The S. Fork of the Nookie is always good for some flood gold. Not sure
    where you went, but if you drop me a PM I'll suggest a couple spots
    I've had some success at in the past.
    Mike (aka Dizz)

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    if it flies, it dies

    Jan 2015
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    scratch the pan up real good, it help a lot when you are trying to separate the gold. either coarse sand paper or gravel, more scratches the better. at the bottom of the pan and the riffles is the best. keep the small stuff from escaping
    Last edited by beekbuster; Jun 18, 2017 at 05:16 PM.
    got the fever? dont scratch the itch.

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    Mar 2012
    Idaho
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    The best part of this episode was having your wife with you. Best mining partner you can find.
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    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
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    Quote Originally Posted by Underburden View Post
    The best part of this episode was having your wife with you. Best mining partner you can find.
    Yep, I'm turning her into quite the digger! We went out to the same place again today and got this in about two hours. I got the easy job of feeding the sluice.Click image for larger version. 

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    Mar 2015
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    That pan looks good Mike. Our team works about the same. The wife feeds the sluice and I am the digger.

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    Ed Tracy

    Jan 2015
    Shoreline,wa
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    Great job in finding gold on the S.F, not easy, I have been mining on that river since 1996 after the big flood. As you have learned getting a sluice to run on that river is very hard and when you can it is not near where the gold is, as you know the river runs very flat. If you are serious on getting the gold then on that river a highbanker is the only way to go, I get 1 to 2 grams a day there. Also when you classify don't go past 1/2 inch, 1/4inch flakes are common there. This is a good river to learn how to mine, master it before you move on and if need advice ask.

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    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
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    Quote Originally Posted by et1955 View Post
    Great job in finding gold on the S.F, not easy, I have been mining on that river since 1996 after the big flood. As you have learned getting a sluice to run on that river is very hard and when you can it is not near where the gold is, as you know the river runs very flat. If you are serious on getting the gold then on that river a highbanker is the only way to go, I get 1 to 2 grams a day there. Also when you classify don't go past 1/2 inch, 1/4inch flakes are common there. This is a good river to learn how to mine, master it before you move on and if need advice ask.
    Thanks Ed, we have found it a dandy place to practice, learning where to dig and sluice and it's only a quick 30 minute drive from our house. Thanks for the tip on classifying, we have been going down to 1/8 inch We will certainly change that.
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    Awesome. Welcome to the club!
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    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
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    Got this in about 6 hours on the Nooksack. Includes our biggest flake so far! Each trip gets a little better and learning new stuff each time.

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    Ed Tracy

    Jan 2015
    Shoreline,wa
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    Great job Mike, once you learn all those indicators for where the gold is deposited your days take will increase and require less effort and time. I did go up Sunday to that old hydraulic mine on the Sultan, my new electric bike worked great and made that 3 mile trip in apiece of cake. Got to spend more time getting lost trying to find the trail in there, so over grown but I finally found the place. Decided to do a little fishing first just to cool off, caught a couple nice trout for dinner, Yum. Next I climbed up tp the dig sight,Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1468610 I may get it up and running again, who ever made it hasn't been there in over 2 years since I was last there. This is of the gold I got in 6 pans of unclassified material, Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	1468611, notice the red stain on some of the gold, what does that tell you ? Feel free ask me more questions, ED

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    Jun 2013
    El Dorado County
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    awesome!

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    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
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    Prospecting
    Nice! Looks like the trip was worth it. I like the electric bike idea! The red spots? I'm thinking some other sort of mineral still attached to the gold. A little rusty iron? Does that mean the gold was found relatively close to where it was deposited because it hasn't travelled far enough to have the other stuff worn off?
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    us
    May 2017
    Mount Vernon, Washington
    Angus Mackirk Foreman Grizzly Goldtrap Explorer Gold Hog Piglet highbanker Home made slate miller table
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    My wife and I got the opportunity to travel to Central Washington gold country this past week. I had a 4 day conference in Leavenworth and we were able to sneak away a couple times to try out a couple of streams. We got skunked at our first attempt on a small stream in the Entiat drainage, but had a good time. Our second attempt resulted in some color from a tributary to the Peshastin! It isn't a whole lot, but we only had a couple hours to play. We'd like to go back with more time. Zoomed in, I noticed the gold is a lot more coarse than our home stream produces. Click image for larger version. 

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