Drywashing for Fine Gold
October 2017 by Alex Dolbeare
When working fine gold placers with a drywasher, there are some natural variables that can be beneficial as well as others that can be a hindrance to achieving good recovery.
Watching for these areas is one of my primary targets during the winter. It doesn’t take but a few inches of the surface moving away to give a fantastic target response that you didn’t hear prior to the washing of the surface.
The first experience involved an overgrown gold mine operated during the 1880s. A razed mill adjoined the mine and could be glimpsed from the isolated public dirt road I was traveling.
What I hope to do here is to give you some information that will help you, the reader, pick out locations that will be better for you to detect and give you a possibility of finding gold.
This wash was not far from where I once dug a half-ounce nugget, so I knew there was gold in the area.
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Within the first 3 hours he and I had found pocket after pocket of gold and couldn't wait to tell Levi of our treasure.
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