April 2015 by Don RobinsonOn our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
We were met with a plethora of mechanical problems with the dry washer and even a few with the excavator that were at times frustrating, but we were in this for the long haul, so we needed to solve these problems and move forward.
“JP, is it possible to make a living looking for gold with a metal detector?” I get asked this question a lot...
As I arrived at my detecting location, I got all my gear and headed up the trail. I had to stop and take in the devastation all around me.
There is a surprising amount of detectable gold under the water’s surface. The right tools make it much easier to find, and with a little patience and practice you can take advantage of this underappreciated bonanza.
I believe dry washing is an underappreciated prospecting method. There are plenty of places where there is some pretty decent gold to be had, but the spot is a long way from any water and dry processing may well be the best way to go.
Mike scored the best with a total of one-half ounce of gold nuggets. Tom, Brian and Greg each had pieces in the one and a half pennyweight range. The rest of us had small gold and nothing like these three.
The very first thing to find out...is if the detector has the ability to be ground balanced.
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