Sep 28, 2012, 05:52 AM
Underwater videos in a CA Sluice box on Cajon Creek
I'm new to the board, well lurked many moons, but, well here I is. So Ive tried to embed this video to no avail as of yet. I will keep trying to find the how-to and edit the thread once I find the answer.
What we are looking at is a Medium sized CA Sluice (for which Im a borderline zealot) in Cajon Creek, Cali. I am shooting video underwater to show how this sluice processes material. I know that having my hand in the water changes the flow dynamics, but someone might find this interesting to watch. I do not see this perspective floating around so enjoy it for what it is.. me spending quality time with the Mrs. playing with my toys on a nice late summer day. We are playing, and not really working but even still we found a fair amount of 'fly poop gold' so even our meager efforts showed some results.
Also visible in the video briefly are the CA Sluice Small and Large Sluices. In tis box I have modified it to host a flat piece of expanded mesh which is elevated above the box by about 1". The idea was to process in deep fast water and let the water tear through and class for me. After playing long and hard I came to the realization that the grizzly actually slows down processing big time! For almost a year now I have run these wide open no classing.. wait, wait, say that again? Yes, you read right.. no classing, and finding more small gold as a result. I know this is contraindicated according to conventional wisdom, but these boxes catch down to 50- or 60- range. The rifles will fill fast, but they are still catching color.
No Class at all
Quick Clean-up of a CA Sluice
Here's a quick video at Cajon Creek down by Blue Cut
Last edited by shovel-humper; Oct 05, 2012 at 06:29 PM.
Sep 28, 2012, 07:10 AM
Cool video...im looking to get a go pro camera so i can shoot some under water vidz.....i am also at cajon creek alot. Been finding tiny flakes to a few tiny pickers...
Sep 28, 2012, 09:15 AM
Sep 28, 2012, 10:29 AM
The aluminum angle you pop rivet on? I assume it is to help break stuff up as it runs through the sluice?
Sep 28, 2012, 10:41 AM
Yes, pop riveted on, then I lay a whole box length of the expanded metal on top of that (you get a look at it in the video sitting off to the side). It worked, it would hang rocks up a little on occasion. But, as you see feeding it with the un-classed scooper is just fine. There is no clay or roots, and Im running it too fast really. Its actually pretty hard to hold the camera steady while reaching over and scooping/dumping.
Originally Posted by Rebel73153
Sep 28, 2012, 10:48 AM
So do you think that the angle and the expanded help the Cal. Sluice quite a bit? How do they do without the mods? I am thinking about adding one of them to my arsenal.
Sep 28, 2012, 10:15 PM
Holy Cow...thats alot of stuff to back pack...lol i'm heading to cajon creek tomorrow...maybe lytle creek if i have time...hope to find something...cool video...i'm going to go check out big lots to see if they have a water proof camera looks like it takes good videos.
Sep 29, 2012, 01:26 AM
Last edited by shovel-humper; Sep 29, 2012 at 01:43 AM.
Sep 29, 2012, 07:53 AM
WOW I wouldnt want to pack that in. x_x
Nice video's, very interesting perspective on the sluice.
Sep 29, 2012, 08:56 PM
Thanx Neo.. well it sucks muling it in but the rewards are there and we'll pull week long trip w/o restocking. I actually carry a lot of creature comforts too. I have soler power on me and both ac/dc power on that rig. Further, my opinion is the best gold only comes out at night, so we make and carry a lot of light. We eat well too.
Im always looking for another brave soul who wants to test their metal, so if you are/arent scared of what goes bump in the night, hit me up.. this is what a lot of work up there looks like.. but remember.. there ain't no gold in the San Gabriel Mountains -everyone knows that
Last edited by shovel-humper; Sep 30, 2012 at 09:32 AM.
Sep 30, 2012, 07:56 AM
I dont think it needs to be said but I will say it anyways....
Very very nice nuggets.
If I were closer to you I would take you up on that offer but I am at the top of the state so its a bit of a drive.
I have been meaning to head out with TrinityAu but I have been so busy, just found a voicemail he left me today, it got pushed to the back of my voicemails weeks ago and I didnt even know he called. x_x
Is that open land up there or claims?
Sep 30, 2012, 09:26 AM
This is public, but the rangers are prickly.. and there are ppl that have been quite intimidated by them. Plus, really its N. East Los Angeles so youve got gang bangers, homeless, drug addits and graffiti down lower in the canyon. Hell its a modern day jungle! Bro you are in gold central up where ur at.. you just gotta get out and get urs! We have a few claims up north, but I havent even gotten up in the last 2yrs now..
Think Amtrak, Greyhound.. or Ontario Int'l Airport is basically at the base of the hill.. just sayin is all
Sep 30, 2012, 07:08 PM
how long do you stay up in the hills? I would love to go! do you dry wash or sluice? anyways let me know when your next trip is...i would go..i'm in victorville i have been sluicing in east fork for a year now but only nugget alley... let me know when you go again
Sep 30, 2012, 09:06 PM
PM sent - So in all fairness we plan our method before we pack our gear. Since Im in the sluicing forum I will tell you that many in that pic were sniped not sluiced. Sniping requires you to carry the least amount of gear. My experience is that it is also feast or famine. I got a video of my buddy pulling a 7.3g'er up on my site. Do you know how hard it is to actually find a nugget on command? Well he did.. just flip the camera on and get at it! Actually, I think I have two vids up of sniping nugs up in SGM.. I think there's a 4.3g'eg pulled also --hmm, I'll have to go look now.. its been a while since I watched it too.. brb. Ok, here is a budy of mine pulling a 2.9g'er in SG. Its a dry video.. kinda boring, but he births that bad boy before your eyes.
Last edited by shovel-humper; Sep 30, 2012 at 09:53 PM.
Oct 01, 2012, 01:34 AM
Ahh yeah, I have seen your sniping video's before, I enjoyed them quite a bit.
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