Piggin' for Gold
May 2015 by Tom LeftwichTake a look at the picture—it’s pretty simple and you can build it yourself.
We had been picking away at it, but the going was mightly slow. Why not use some explosives to advance a little quicker?
Once you have a detector, learn how to use it and get out in the field—you can’t find anything with it in your garage.
My girlfriend Beth and I decided to take our canoe down the Yukon and do some gold dredging...
We dug and extracted for two more hours. This time, as I dumped the concentrates, I saw a piece of gold three-fourths of an inch long and as big around as a pencil.
After a while I got a very nice signal and out came a sweet kidney-shaped bit of gold weighing about three grams.
Across and downstream of our operation was a large pile of huge boulders. It was logical to think that water forces may have deposited gold in and around these boulders. We moved our dredge over and started pulling the rock pile apart.
I love to dry wash old nugget patches found by detector operators, and I have found my fair share of gold dry washing those areas. I have also found a few nuggets using a detector on the bedrock exposed by dry washing the patches.
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