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    Seeking advice and knowledge

    Hello gentlemen -

    I just started my search for gold. Its been something ive wanted to do for a while and ive finally pulled the trigger. Literally like 3 days ago i purchased my first set of pans. I live in north georgia. Forsyth county to be more precise. Right along the etowah. Im 2 miles away from the old Franklin-Crieghton mine. On my property i have a small stream that eventually runs into Settingdown Creek. Ive started digging in the most active portion of the stream i have access to. The stream bed is littered with quartz. I can see a few places of exposed bedrock as well. The place ive started with im maybe just a footdown and ive started digging up clay - is clay a good sign or should i move? So far ive panned through close to two buckets of classified material. Ive found a few flakes but mostly flour gold. I have alot of fine gold specks in my pan. My question is - finding flour gold should i move upstream? Or keep digging deeper? What should i look for to find the bigger peices of gold. I dont know much about gold recovery yet but im guessing the flour gold has to be coming from bigger peices right? Any tips or advice on what i should look for would be great.

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    Also - im saving all of my black sand until i get something to sort it. Do you guys think the martin table is worth the money or should i just get a blue bowl?
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    You just need to find old Mr Pocket.
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    “During the gold rush its a good time to be in the pick and shovel business.” Mark Twain

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    We are all searching for Mr. Pocket arent we? Ha.
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    I noticed this was your very first post - so, Welcome Aboard GAGoldNoob! Take a look at Forum:Georgia for information (i.e., clubs, etc.) directly related to your state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gagoldnoob View Post
    Also - im saving all of my black sand until i get something to sort it. Do you guys think the martin table is worth the money or should i just get a blue bowl?
    Blue bowls work but their slow. Just finished building this(20x44) Miller a few days ago and loving it Good luck,sounds like you have a good spot there. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gagoldnoob View Post
    Hello gentlemen -

    I just started my search for gold. Its been something ive wanted to do for a while and ive finally pulled the trigger. Literally like 3 days ago i purchased my first set of pans. I live in north georgia. Forsyth county to be more precise. Right along the etowah. Im 2 miles away from the old Franklin-Crieghton mine. On my property i have a small stream that eventually runs into Settingdown Creek. Ive started digging in the most active portion of the stream i have access to. The stream bed is littered with quartz. I can see a few places of exposed bedrock as well. The place ive started with im maybe just a footdown and ive started digging up clay - is clay a good sign or should i move? So far ive panned through close to two buckets of classified material. Ive found a few flakes but mostly flour gold. I have alot of fine gold specks in my pan. My question is - finding flour gold should i move upstream? Or keep digging deeper? What should i look for to find the bigger peices of gold. I dont know much about gold recovery yet but im guessing the flour gold has to be coming from bigger peices right? Any tips or advice on what i should look for would be great.
    If you were finding gold above a clay layer then it was likely acting as false bedrock and a pay layer formed on it. If you were to punch through it there may be another layer of sand and gravel but it may or may not contain gold. Only testing will tell. Logic tells me that prospecting in spots that have current bed rock exposed will probably yield bigger pieces and more gold because there are more drops, crevices and natural riffles for it to collect in than a smooth clay layer.

    Fine gold is not necessarily an indication that the gold has eroded in size since most original lode deposits worldwide consist mainly of gold of small to tiny to invisible to the naked eye sizes. If the gold you are finding is from the source vein of the nearby mine then what you are now finding may just be the nature of the beast.

    Find yourself a set of small (4 or 6") classifier screens with sizes of about 30, 50 and 100 mesh and you will make your life much easier to recover your gold from concentrates. Pan the screened batches separately. Gold is relatively easy to pan when it's only competition in a pan is with like sized material.

    Good luck and welcome to the forum.

    PS Look for indications of other creek channels on your property. Rounded rocks on the surface usually mean that an ancient stream crossed in that area. Digging them may be productive too as well as drainages that lead to the creek.
    Last edited by arizau; Dec 07, 2018 at 09:35 AM.
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    Great input arizau thank you! I was just about to ask about mesh!

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    Don't waste your time with a miller table. Get a blue bowl. Clay is a good sign and usually will hold gold as well as bedrock does. Classifiers are a must, for final cleanups.
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    Can I just add, don't rush out and start buying expensive equipment!!!!!

    Stick with a shovel, classifier, bucket, and pan until you find a spot that is producing. Test, Test, Test! When you have some gold in your poke THEN think about a dredge, highbanker, and blue bowl. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytimetoshine View Post
    Don't waste your time with a miller table. Get a blue bowl. Clay is a good sign and usually will hold gold as well as bedrock does. Classifiers are a must, for final cleanups.
    I would disagree about the blue bowl vs. the miller style table. Proper feed and watering of the table will produce the same result as the bowl but many times faster. Careful classification is critical for either
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    I agree with what Terry said. Start with basic tools and learn where to find gold. Keep your very fine concentrates for later processing as you become more proficient as it come to you quickly. Faster and more elaborate equipment can always be had when needed.

    Mike

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    So i moved spots today... upstream and on the bank where i think the stream wouldve been 100-200 years ago... and my first pan is ****ing nuts....
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    Try the inside bank of the closest bend
    “During the gold rush its a good time to be in the pick and shovel business.” Mark Twain

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    Will a sluice catch all of this very fine flour gold?

 

 
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