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  1. Hi all here's a few colors from a creek real close by. The wife and I have been visiting this creek for 2years have never found a pay streak and the section of the creek that is containing gold seems to produce about the same every trip. You cant see by the picture (i hate this camera) but the gold is pretty ragged not pounded flat.We went up a few feeder creeks today toward 2 of the mines in the area panned a little color but definitely did not find the "source". We keep getting sucked into this creek because it seems there has to be a pay streak. Seems like the gold is right on top of bedrock or a clay layer, the clay layer its self seems pretty devoid of gold.Going to take the recirculating highbanker out tomorrow but in about 6 hours of digging and classifying and highbanking all we can run is about 6-8 five gallon buckets. So im sure the gold will look just like the day before. Hope these rains loosened up some of the good stuff. Good luck everyone. Oh and please excuse the extras in the pic ... if you look real close you can find a dip cup....
  2. Great replies. While detecting we found a dike with some boot tacks and and old Levi button I'm hoping that means that that area wasn't hit to hard by detectors yet I'm going to bring a rake there and rake that down also. Another question how long do you spend in an are before moving on seems like i could work a small area for days and still have ground that hasn't been hit. We were working 3 to 4 hours and then moving on. Also is it better with two people to hit one area and then move to the next or do you split up and wander around. We got new picks today that is going to help a lot we got some jobes with magnets on the end (we have been using rock hammers for ever). Thanks guys and happy digging.
  3. Spent 2 days around Ox wash near LSD no gold but some small targets. Nothing very deep at all seems like I couldn't keep the gmt quiet unless I ran her with sat maxed out and gain around 4 and still dug quite a few hot rocks. I think I see why so many people like the gmt in the tailings and the bed rock because of the depth lost when running at those settings. The wife and I worked mostly hillsides.Any one have any tricks for trying to decide if a target is a hot rock prior to digging? Also any tips on anything involving the gmt or mxt are very valuable to the both of us thanks for reading.
  4. Here is a pic of the gold we panned.
  5. Nice nugget. We are heading towards the LSD area soon. We did get some good practice with the detectors now its just putting them over gold. I almost want to leave the pan at home next time so i have no choice but detecting.Thanks for the advice cant wait to get my first nug with my detector.
  6. Checked out an area near Bumble bee it looked like a giant tailing pile with clean bedrock. Some pretty hot ground.put in about 8 hours on the detectors and spent about 12 hours smashing any remaining bedrock.Talked to some guy said he had heard of no detectable gold in this area. Pretty interesting area might come back with my testing dry washer. All in all not even a half a tenth of gold. We didnt use the vac or any of that just hammer,pry bar,dust pans and crevice tool. IM sure we could have gotten more but didnt deem it worth wear and tear on equipment.Better luck next time i guess.
  7. The wife and I joined RRPC and are looking over the maps any advice on prospecting the cleator area. We plan on staying a few days detecting and using some hand tools. Any advice would be appreciated.
  8. Yes that was the Koss that I was using until one ear died. I also hated the super long cord and the jolly roger cord was shorter. Im going to test them tomorrow while the wife practices with her new coil.
  9. I went to the local mining store today got a real good deal on a 4x6 dd for the wife's MXT and a pair of jolly roger pro headphones. Any thought on the headphones? are they going to be as good as the koss that came with my gmt? And any tips for the new coil. We are joining roadrunners this Wednesday so any tips there would help also. To wet to drywash lately so we have been practicing hard with our detectors digging lead. But we should be ready when we get to some larger gold. Thanks guys
  10. Hey guys Opera is another great browser for windows a little more secure than ie and pretty fast to. I'm a linux user so i haven't really tried chrome. Pc questions are one area i can help
  11. Im in east valley but location is not to important right now within reason. I'm just curious do club claims produce a reasonable amount of your gold found or is most found at personal locations other than club claims. I guess joining a club will get me parking and access to most of the goldfields anyway.
  12. Hi again. I was wondering about the people that pull decent gold on a consistent basis. Could you tell me if you are getting that gold from club claims or personal locations/blm etc. I have done some club research and still dont know which to join. Why wont they give you a map or better idea of claim locations prior to becoming a member? Again i'm not asking for specific gps locations to your gold patches. This will just help satisfy my curiosity. Thanks
  13. Sounds pretty cold. Mom and dad back in michigan are getting ready for 15 inches. Off topic on topic what ever i just like the comradery.
  14. Hahaha i moved from michigan 2 years ago cold weather is non relevant 36 is beautiful working weather. But is sounds like the entire area is claimed and something about joining a club rubs me the wrong way but if that is the only way then i guess i will have to check into roadrunners.Where im working now looks to be claimed until you check into the status and most have lapsed.
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