Drywashing Moist Dirt
April 2022 by Dan Stanton
Over the years, I’ve proved to myself over and over again that I don’t have to wait many weeks after rains before I head out to the goldfields to do some gold digging.
…the “One More Time” has turned into three more trips and each of the three has yielded more gold each time down.
It was June 2011, and my wife Fran and I with Grandson Lucas and good friend Ernie Cruz were attempting to get to our gold mining claim on the Middle Fork of the Feather River about ten miles from Quincy, California. Rain had poured down in the previous few days and the road in a large number of low places was under water. Following two hours of slugging through the mud...
Ray followed up by detecting the same area and I was happy to see that he did not find any good targets in the same line. So far so good.
Dredges actually do pretty well in freezing conditions. There are a few tips you should know, however.
Our theory was that a dredge would collect far more material in a shorter period of time, leaving us with ounces of gold every day.
This fine gold that is so common is probably the most notorious for eluding our riffles and mattings.
There are many other locations in the area where gold has been found, but Woods Creek is the most famous of the creeks and gulches in the area where the 49ers searched for that elusive yellow metal.
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