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    Johnnybravo300...You are absolutely right about the sucker bottle.
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    I have actually found snuffer bottles with gold laying on the bank... I thought I was bad about scoops.

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    What is a snuffer bottle ?

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    Setting a sluice in a small stream and leaving it.

    I have heard of putting a heavy iron sluice in a streambed and leaving it for a period of time. I think any heavy flow from rain or other source is going to wash your rig away unless very heavy or anchored down.

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    If you had a known gold catching area on bedrock, you could drill the rock during the dry season when the rock is exposed, put some anchor bolts in, and lay a large piece of Astroturf anchored to bolts at the four corners. Come back after a time, remove the Astroturf, and wash it out into a large mortar tub.

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    I'm going to get a carpet scrap today for the creek. Truly.
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    Have used this stuff and works well. Don't get the kind with drainage holes. https://www.amazon.com/Ottomanson-Ev...gateway&sr=8-7

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    just wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnybravo300 View Post
    I dont even mess with sluice boxes anymore. I just leave snuffer bottles at the bottom of the creek and the gold jumps right in. No point in dealing with the cons and the extra work.
    Reminds me of the legend of the Lost Gold Mine of the Garrett Super Sluice. Supposedly a hard luck prospector left his super sluice in the creek overnight only to come back in the morning to find the riffles full of gold and not a speck lost. He left the pan in the creek again and the next morning the same results and without a speck lost.
    He mined the passive methods for years and made a fortune but when he died the location was lost.
    To this day they say a super sluice is still waiting with the riffles full of gold and not a speck lost. And so the legend was born and the masses exclaimed that ain't no gold getting past those riffles.
    Just a thought but not giving away any secrets.

    you have to remember a magnet to seperate all the black sand....crap recovery without it.

    It also helps if you zip tie a classifier upstream of the snuffer.. not important where just upstream.. sometimes in another county is ok.

    It helps to classify

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    Sounds like a good idea but probably won't turn out as promising as it sounds. You might trap fine flood gold and smaller stuff. Pickers take forever to travel down stream, it'll likely take a huge flood to move them. The placer and pickers and stuff you can see without a magnifying glass are already trapped in natural riffles- boulders, cobble, and drops from bedrock to gravel.
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    It takes awhile to fill a snuffer when I leave it like that. You have to be very patient and that's the hardest part for me. Sometimes I have to wait days and days just to get a measly ounce and sometimes theres hardly any big nuggets at all, gets pretty frustrating. Do you know how tiny an ounce of gold is? My wife thinks I'm crazy that I waste my time with it at all but it gets in your blood.

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    Put the magnet in a plastic baggy..pick up black sand and pull the magnet out of bag,

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    Your best bet would be to cut riffles in bedrock in a known producing area. There are spots I go to every year that act like permanent riffles, cracks that replenish. I agree that a flood current would remove most any placed sluice device, but I would bet that if you were to create riffles or artificial cracks in the right place on the right river in bedrock you may have a chance of this working.
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    As I am getting my building materials ready to build my first sluice I was wondering if I need riffles in my sluice. I will probably only find very small gold, if any.
    I was thinking of just using a mat in the bottom and expanded metal on the top. The sluice would be 12 inches wide and 36 inch long. Does anyone think I should have riffles anyway?

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    I did get the carpet piece. I'll try putting it in the creek tomorrow. I had to have a happy nap today!
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