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  1. My favorite is a small perfectly formed nugget found in a bedrock crack with a Gold Bug II. It was a rather large crack with about a 1/4 pan of material. I scraped the sand and small rocks into my gold pan and washed it in the Salmon River of Northern California. Out of the black sand popped and golden nugget in the perfect size and shape of a cucumber seed. I garden a lot and was just amazed about this golden seed and how it must have been polished over the years into this shape. Just brilliant in contrast to the black sand around it. I think I still have it somewhere. If so, I’ll post a picture. Mike
  2. Chris Ralph also has a great website with a lot of information. Articles, and videos that would be very interesting to a young prospector. Old prospectors too. 😉 http://nevada-outback-gems.com/prospect/chris_prospect.htm Good luck, Mike
  3. Thanks for the heads up on these boots Gerry. I just ordered a pair from Danner. Only $76.00, regular $190.00. Mike
  4. MSC, I agree with Steve. Find a way and go. We are not guaranteed things will be ant better in the near or far future. Time will pass and eventually all of us will too. Diesel here in NorCal is $7.00 per gallon, TODAY. I’m planning on detecting, prospecting and deer hunting this summer and fall as much as I can, using my older Yamaha quad a great deal in the National Forest here in the northwest. I’ll be using my camp trailer for staying close to where I’ll be venturing. Mike
  5. Great link to La Niña - ENSO data. Long read, but looks like more drought conditions for much of the country, USA. Mike
  6. It’s amazing the energy those guys, and us as well, get out of a basic staple like beans. I’ve worked real hard, all day long for extended times, but the kind of work these guys did was incredible. Mike
  7. Lanny, the location similarity of gold and fish you mention is very true. They travel much of the same route while on the move as well, but in the opposite direction. A few years ago I monitored a couple Didson Sonar units for a fish counting operation here on the Smith River of Northern California. The salmon and steelhead took definite paths upstream along a zone at the edge of the slower and faster current where gold would settle out of high water. The fish would adjust their route with the river rising or falling. This can also be observed when fishing this river as it clears. The fish often go from an inside bend, in a general diagonal path across the straighter section, to the next inside bend, much how gold can travel at flood stage. Here’s a nice steelhead I caught on the Smith this season. Mike
  8. It’s pretty much the same a little further north of you in the streams Jeffree. I also use the Gold Bug 2. The bedrock is often pretty homogeneous and the gravels are made up of many minerals of the drainage/area. Tough to balance for both. As you know GB2 is a pretty sensitive machine and I just have to adjust as needed. Mike
  9. Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, my favorite. Great songs in their advertising of it. Mike
  10. Very nice tvanwho. Good for your friend to get out and pull the plow. I’ll bet a lot of work was done to find this gold. Mike
  11. I’ll guess 890 ounces. Great reading GhostMiner. You are right, at times the remote places in Northern California can be down right dangerous from man or beast. Thanks for the adventure, Mike
  12. Good job finding those nuggets on a cold morning. Pine and manzanita I see. I like that type of country. I’m just across the border from there in Del Norte County. With beautiful, clear weather lately, there’s a pretty hard frost in the mornings. I did a little panning in the Smith River a few days ago. This was painful, not a good idea. The cold water was too much on my hands and I had to give it up after a couple hours. Just sampling around a new gravel bar so no loss and a little more knowledge. Mike
  13. Merry Christmas all. Thank you for all the great posts and pictures. This is a shot of one of my favorite prospecting rivers here on the north coast of California. We’re having great rainfall for a good prospecting season this coming year. Mike
  14. Wow, I sure hope the Legend is a hit. I don’t think Dllek really helped the situation other than saying the testers will be released from their NDAs soon. I’m sure there’s a lot of pressure with polishing up the final details of a product before sale, but customer relations is critical. Mike
  15. The plain, simple explanation and wisdom said above by Steve wraps up successful detecting as well as I’ve ever heard. Now if I can practice this I’ll be much better at the sport. Mike
  16. Wow, how encouraging that is. Thanks Rob. I’m hoping for a new detector this Christmas. I’ve places like that to use it. Mike
  17. Take a couple hands full of the material, mix the hell out of it in your pan, then pan it down. The shiny stuff will either be one of the lightest stuff in the pan, swishing all over, or it will stick like glued to the bottom of the pan, and be gold. It will be very apparent which. Mike
  18. The NF closures scheduled for Sunday night include many National Forests of Northern California. Mike
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