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  1. #1
    us
    May 2017
    Washington State
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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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  2. #2
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    dave

    Aug 2015
    Eastern Victoria
    Home made drop riffle, 'zook' mini prospector, 'zook' sniper
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    Sluicing, crevassing and general dirt diggin', fishing, family.
    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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  3. #3
    us
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
    Nokta FoRs Gold, a Gold Cube, 2 Keene Sluices and Lord only knows how many pans....not to mention a load of other gear my wife still doesn't know about!
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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)

    "If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest
    of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick
    the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you
    were our countrymen." ~~ Samuel Adams, 1776

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  4. #4
    if it flies, it dies

    Jan 2015
    shasta county
    nokta fors gold+
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    eat sleep hunt fish prospect
    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.
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    gold, gold, fish, gold, hunt, gold, sleep, repeat

  5. #5
    us
    Mar 2012
    Idaho
    Nokta FORS Gold+, Fisher Gold Bug, Garrett Pro Pointer AT, Bazooka 36" Prospector, Bottom Feeder Hand Dredge, Homemade sluices
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    The best part of this episode was having your wife with you. Best mining partner you can find.
    Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD.
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  6. #6
    us
    May 2017
    Washington State
    20
    54 times
    Prospecting
    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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  7. #7
    us
    Mar 2015
    Greenwich, NY
    Whites Coin Master Whites Gold Master GMT, High banker/dredge, DIY hand trommel, DIY Miller table, DIY fluidbed gold trap sluice, Keene A-52 sluice, 1506 Wheaties
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    prospecting, metal detecting
    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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    Prospecting
    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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  9. #9
    us
    May 2017
    Washington State
    20
    54 times
    Prospecting
    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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  10. #10
    us
    Sep 2016
    NC
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    Awesome. Welcome to the club!
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