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    Which Mackirk?

    I've read a lot about Angus Mackirk sluices on this site, but not much about which specific one works best (I have read a few comments about some designs being better than others). I'm a beginner and will be sluicing in the San Gabriel River. I'll be hiking a few miles with it. I'd appreciate opinions from those of you who are using AM sluices. Thanks very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teris View Post
    I've read a lot about Angus Mackirk sluices on this site, but not much about which specific one works best (I have read a few comments about some designs being better than others). I'm a beginner and will be sluicing in the San Gabriel River. I'll be hiking a few miles with it. I'd appreciate opinions from those of you who are using AM sluices. Thanks very much!
    I recommend one of the bigger ones. they are really light so don't go small for portabilities sake.

    You can run a lot of material through a good sized drop riffle and get great recovery

    Try to get on that has at least 10" width in the run of the sluice. Keep in mind the dimension listed is often the overall sluice width including the side wall and bend.

    over 30" in length

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    I've been leaning toward the Expedition, which fits what you're suggesting. Thanks very much for the reply!
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    I agree with Goldwasher. AM's are so light, get the biggest that you can find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teris View Post
    I've been leaning toward the Expedition, which fits what you're suggesting. Thanks very much for the reply!
    Iíve had an Expedition for almost a decade. Great sluice, get one!

    Also Goldwasher is right about size, it matters Even the Expedition is light weight, easy to pack in.
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    I use the Foreman, works great with little water flow and gets the super fine stuff as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinInColorado View Post
    I’ve had an Expedition for almost a decade. Great sluice, get one!

    Also Goldwasher is right about size, it matters Even the Expedition is light weight, easy to pack in.
    I got the Expedition. Looking forward to trying it out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teris View Post
    I got the Expedition. Looking forward to trying it out!
    Wanted to follow up and see how you liked it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teris View Post
    I got the Expedition. Looking forward to trying it out!
    Well it's been 4 months since you acquired your sluice and how did it work for you? Inquiring minds wanna know !

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    Well I hope it’s working well for him.

    For anyone who has a Mckirk... I have a Alaskan flare. Love it but being so light and flex you gotta pile rocks on it to keep it from heading down stream. I put a piece of aluminum angle on the flare. I notched the flare so it keys in on the sides and has a hole drilled in the middle so it can be affixed with a bolt and wing nut. The angle lays flat on the flare, and cuts 90’ down It hanged out about 6” on each side.

    Stack rocks on the angle that hangs out the sides and a flat one on the cross supports. Works like a champ. Just in case anyone is still fighting holding that flexy ******* down with just stones.
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