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Title: High Water Gold
Post by: Suave on May 13, 2019, 02:15:10 PM
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This last week or so with the warm weather has melted the snow and made for very high water levels. One of our favorite panning spots is now under 4 feet of water. After driving for two hours, we decided to test a new hole above the water line.

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We dug down about 3 1/2 feet through the overburden until we hit the paydirt. After digging through about a foot and a half of pay, we hit an under water spring, which quickly filled the hole with water.

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Checking the gravels for color. Found 5 nice size flakes and some smaller pieces. Not a bad test pan.

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Loaded some buckets with pay to run through the pro-pan. The first run we did consisted of three and one half buckets.

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Panning the last of the buckets. If you have never used the Pro-pan, I highly recommend it. You quickly pan down until there is only 2 inches or so of material, and keep adding and panning. It takes all of about five minutes to process the 3 1/2 buckets.

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The 3 1/2 buckets yielded just over a quarter gram.

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In addition to the gold, we found some very interesting pyrite specimens and some nice jade pieces.

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All in all, it was a great trip with perfect sunny weather. The high water forced us to dig in areas we normally would not have prospected. Some nice mineral samples were recovered, and our total gold take was 3.6 grams. Canít wait to get back there when the water goes down.

Keep On Diggin_Suave
Title: Re: High Water Gold
Post by: Xplore on May 13, 2019, 03:53:36 PM
Nice haul Suave! Thanks for sharing.

Title: Re: High Water Gold
Post by: mcbain on May 13, 2019, 07:48:01 PM
Hi.Seen you there on saturday.could not get turned around.I hope Dudes  honey hole did not get blown away,He did a lot of work.Went back sunday but you were gone.Do not think I ever seen the river go that crazy in just a couple days.Luck Mcbain.
Title: Re: High Water Gold
Post by: Suave on May 13, 2019, 09:02:36 PM
Hi.Seen you there on saturday.could not get turned around.I hope Dudes  honey hole did not get blown away,He did a lot of work.Went back sunday but you were gone.Do not think I ever seen the river go that crazy in just a couple days.Luck Mcbain.

Mark,

Dude's honeyhole is only a memory now. 4 feet under water and filling in quickly.
Regards.

Keep On Diggin' _Suave
Title: Re: High Water Gold
Post by: sunshine on May 14, 2019, 06:31:03 AM
Good gold count for a day panning!  The jade really turns my crank.  I have a sliced piece from BC and it is just beautiful held up to the light. 
Title: Re: High Water Gold
Post by: Suave on May 14, 2019, 07:24:56 AM
Good gold count for a day panning!  The jade really turns my crank.  I have a sliced piece from BC and it is just beautiful held up to the light.

Hi Sunshine,

Wish is was for one day. It was over a 4 day trip.
Regards.

Keep On Diggin'_Suave
Title: Re: High Water Gold
Post by: mcbain on May 14, 2019, 07:22:15 PM
Good chance if it filled in quick the gold is still at the bottom.Should not take much to dig it out and check which I am sure he will do. Mcbain.