How I approach a creek.
Last Post 09 Oct 2014 07:11 AM by JAMES PEACE. 11 Replies.
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JAMES PEACEUser is Offline
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22 May 2014 06:56 PM

    I approach a creek like this:

    Say I start in an area that I've confirmed gold, even just a speck or two...

    I pick a spot as a central area and move out in a small radius from that point and down repeating the process till I have a large diameter hole a foot or two or three feet deep or more.

    I examine the material as best as possible in each layer and removing all large rock/slabs that I run into. Then scoop the loose material and sluice.

    I see where I am digging and how the gold appears in the inspection matting. I can tell which direction to dig on the appearance of the matting.

    It's really a combination of material and inspection while processing. The inspection is a big part. I can tell dig left, right, or more down... You will see the bigger gold as it won't go far in the sluice.

    Dredging and Highbanking inspection is much harder when dealing with such fine material. This is why I prefer sluicing and using hand suckers to get to what the shovel can't.

    It's easier to decide the pay layers and path... just my 2 grains worth.

    How do you work a creek?

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    22 May 2014 08:04 PM
    James,
    Thank you for sharing your approach for working a creek. If you have any pictures please share. A big part of this new site is for people to share education, techniques, how, why, etc. some may not agree with others, but that's ok.

    Thank you for being a valued member, miner and mentor.
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    23 May 2014 06:44 AM

    Here are some pictures I took while we were moving a large boulder away from a hole that we wanted to investigate, the boulder was about a foot away from the bank covering a trench of material. We moved the boulder about 8' to get to the material beneath.

     

     

     

     

     

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    23 May 2014 07:30 AM
    Nice gold.
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    23 May 2014 07:39 AM
    Great Pictures! What a wonderful reward you found after moving the boulder - thank you for sharing.
    JAMES PEACEUser is Offline
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    23 May 2014 07:49 AM
    Thanks all!
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    30 May 2014 10:20 AM
    James.

    Nice work moving that boulder and gettin' to the gold below...

    I may have to try that sometime!

    Randy "C-17A"
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    30 May 2014 11:39 AM
    Hey Randy I am Loki258.
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    02 Jul 2014 09:46 PM
    Well, after I see Elk tracks and the usual Cougar escort.... Very carefully.
    Dane
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    11 Jul 2014 11:01 PM

    thanks for the tips and pictures. looks to be a beautiful area.

    ron

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    09 Oct 2014 07:05 AM

    It's been awhile so thought I would share another creek area we've been working for a while and some of the gold.

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