A Great Day On The Feather River
August 2015 by Tom LeftwichMike and Machael dug in just downriver of that boulder pile and right away found good color and a few small pickers.
The anticipation of finding out if the system of snatch blocks, shackles, chokers, anchor points, and the strap binding the massive slab of rock in the bottom of the river would even budge an inch was weighing on me.
Now that you are actually going to be out there doing some prospecting, I may be able to help.
After he excavates the ore down to bedrock, he goes over the bedrock with a metal detector to ensure he didn't leave any gold behind before he backfills the area.
These gritty clay lines were only a quarter of an inch up to three inches wide. Once the line had been laid out, they would look at the wall of gritty clay material and seek more indicators.
It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.
My first clean-up showed that my efforts were not in vain. There was considerable color with some good-sized nuggets in the riffle trap.
Some creeks have nuggets, while others, particulary the rivers, nothing but fine gold.
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