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Last Post 29 Jun 2021 01:07 PM by  Dustin LeDoux
The gold was Supposed to be there according to the indicators.
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Guy DeWhitney
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26 Apr 2020 10:14 PM
    I just got back.
    A spot too far downstream from a gold source can have virtually all of the nice indicator rocks and amazing looking gravel bars and still not have an appreciable amount of gold because gold is 5 times heavier than anything else in the river except platinum. So there will be a bottom edge of nice prospects that fail to pan out
    If you have found wonderful indicators but little or no gold it would be well to work further and further upstream.
    Unless you reach a point where the indicators too dwindle away to nothing, eventually you should start finding gold.
    Once you find gold if it is too scarce keep going upstream until the gold suddenly, or fairly suddenly stops. Then go to the last edge where you found any and up the bank. As long as you find any gold keep moving uphill. When the gold stops, this time move in the downstream direction a few yards at a time until it reappears.
    Keep working uphill as you try to stay as far upstream as possible and still be able to pan out even a little gold.
    If you do this with diligence you are likely to eventually find the spot where the gold is eroding from the mountains into the river, like an exposed vein or an ancient stream-bed that erosion has uncovered.
    Gold-digger Guy The gold is ALWAYS where it's supposed to be. Anything that glitters ain't gold.
    JERRY PEREZ
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    03 Jul 2020 10:26 PM
    good advice Guy! sometimes we wonder where its at when we do find a primo spot only to find 0,nada,zilch.
    Joseph Pike
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    20 Jul 2020 09:00 PM
    Great advice I will be using your info thanks.
    Joe Mulubisha
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    02 Aug 2020 02:14 PM
    That reads like some very good advice. We were seeing good indicators downstream but when we panned, we found very small and few nuggets. Will try following your advice.

    Joe M
    Dustin LeDoux
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    29 Jun 2021 01:07 PM
    I have noticed as you go upstream to the source the gold gets bigger and harder to find until it disappears. almost like it hasnt been liberated from the rock yet. I think this is when you hit metal detector area. most areas if you look on mylandmatters.org, you can hit the MRDS box and it helps determine where the source of the gold may have been. That will help you figure out a strategy of how the glacier/flood water moved and planted the gold. Most common gold prospecting mistakes I see is people thinking of a geological deposition event smaller than what happened. In montana we had glaciers and massive lakes that when the ice dams broke blew 10s to a 100' wall of water down the canyons, under glacier creeks that are on benches or flats that may now be 100s of yards from the current creek. I like to test perpendicular to the creek when i find an area that is showing results. I count the colors in the pan note the spot with the most color and work up and down parallel chasing the count. one of the biggest things is test pans to keep on the gold. Doc from Gold hog has a ton of good prospecting videos.
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