Finding gold in a stream with balloons
Last Post 18 Jun 2016 04:14 PM by BRIAN CROSS. 17 Replies.
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BRIAN HERBSTREITUser is Offline
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11 Apr 2014 09:34 PM

    Next time you're at Wally World add these items to your list.

     

    Children's balloons, fishing line/string or twine & split shot lead sinkers. (Less than $5.00 total, and it will probably last you all season.)

    Find a spot in the creek where you want setup equipment then go up stream a bit. (Anywhere from 50' to a 50 yards depending on the stream.) Take about 3ft. of twine string fishing line. Stay away fro ribbon, it floats. (Actually you want about 1 1/2' longer than the stream is deep. If the stream is 1' deep, make your line about 2 1/2'-3' long (Allow for tying to the balloon.)) Blow up the balloons and tie one end of the line to the them. Then attach to small split shot lead sinkers on other end. (No need to get crazy. 2-3 pieces is fine.) Do this to about 2-3 balloons. (You can always do more balloons and vary the weight of the sinkers. Add some more split shot, or take away one.) Go upstream and release them. Watch them go down the gut of the steam to see where the gold will settle (Lead being close to Gold in weight, will stop/get hung up, the same places gold will.)

     

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    Variation:  (I have not tried this one.)  Instead of fishing line and weights, take your snuffer bottle and pump some water into the balloons.  (Vary the amount of water in each.)  Blow the balloons up and tie the ends and let them go up-stream.  The water in the balloons will find where the gold settles out.

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    12 Apr 2014 06:58 PM
    Fishing bobbers work well too, follow the same steps as above.
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    14 Apr 2014 10:36 PM
    great tips and thanks. sounds like it will come in handy.
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    14 May 2014 05:48 PM
    yes,.. for sure , this works ,i' have tried it , it will definitely show the force of velocity direction
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    15 May 2014 08:45 AM
    I would love to see a tutorial of this!
    SYLVESTER CULLENUser is Offline
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    18 May 2014 10:45 AM
    I see a couple problems.... Balloons won't work if it's windy. Wine corks or bobbers would be better.

    You would want to do this when the gold is actually moving in the streambed - probably during high water. A stream will create deposits depending on water level - low water will act completely different than high.

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    05 Jun 2014 05:48 PM
    You are correct Mr. Cullen... The largest fishing bobber and flood water is the best time to find the low pressure, or drop zones... IF THE WATER IS NOT RUNNING HIGH THEN THE GOLD IS NOT MOVING... I usually put my bobber and weight on the end of my ultra light rod and follow it down the stream, if I hit a spot that slows me down I reel it in and re-situate and toss it out again... take a picture and mark your spot with anything handy so you can come back and get your gold... Remember low water makes a spot look a lot different so be sure to get a good fix on the spot... I often wished for a gps so those of you that have them use them... 
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    27 Jun 2014 05:11 PM
    great idea and like using a fishing pole system so you don't loose the setup and can retrieve it that way you don't add to pollution of river or streams.
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    10 Jul 2014 07:48 PM
    There are a few videos of this on YouTube
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    24 Nov 2014 07:40 PM
    Thank you for the information, I like the concept. I may have to watch a video to make sure I'm completely understanding the setup, but will have to try this someday. Again, Thanks!
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    25 Nov 2014 05:25 AM

    Dale, a great tool to use which I have been using recently, is an app on the phone " Geo Cam". I downloaded Jack of Tools (free app, I think ) for my windows phone. When you take a picture of  the stream using Geo Cam, it will place all the coordinates with the picture, and when the picture is opened, it will place the location marker on the map. This will have the GPS coordinates as well. You don't need a data connection to do this with the phone either. Just make sure you had previously downloaded a state map to the device before you go out. Better yet, get a second device that you use only for prospecting.

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    25 Nov 2014 08:23 PM
    That could be useful on the days I forget my GPS. I like that. Thanks!
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    27 Feb 2015 02:34 PM
    Thanks for the tip.  I will definitely give this a try.
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    09 Mar 2015 08:58 AM
    Cool idea! And thanks about the geo cam app.
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    09 Apr 2015 03:57 PM
    this is great ive only be panning a short 2 yrs and having a great time , people are so frindly and helpfull, love the tips,see you out there GOOD LUCK
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    20 Nov 2015 04:31 PM

    Hello, we are new beginners...Thank you

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    12 May 2016 02:37 PM
    That is an awesome idea.. wow, going to try that tomorrow...brilliant
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    18 Jun 2016 04:14 PM

    HMMM... SOUNDS FUN, I THINK MY SON WOULD LOVE TO TRY THIS WITH ME....

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