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in GOLD NUGGET HUNTING
Posted November 25, 2015
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL
Posted December 22, 2014
There it is...
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Posted September 25, 2014
Hello all, George, Chris and I will be at Sawtooth, Nevada during the following dates. 4 Oct 2014 thru 12 Oct 2014. Will be camped at the regular spot. There will be some other friends from all around that will be showing up also. Should be quite a gathering. Hope to see everyone again. Give me a call if you have any questions. Thanks TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS530 739 2973trinityau@Hotmail.com
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Posted June 16, 2014
Hello all, I met up with this fellow just out of curiosity and will share my view of what I have learned and what I already knew about this story. The basic line of how the said item got into the creek is true. This information can be found on the internet if searched correctly, along with being in many books. The reason that it was not recovered from the "mile long" and "fifteen foot" wide stream bed almost immediately, is because because this is a stream that could possibly stretch to one hundred yards across during a major flood. The particular area has had at least six "hundred year floods" since the incident occurred. In my lifetime I have watched a cement truck travel down this watercourse with each flood and it has moved almost seven miles, so this changes our distance of "one mile" considerably. I would guess a distance closer to twelve miles. As you would think, twelve miles and one hundred yards wide is a considerably larger hunt area than what was mentioned. Also, if it was a smaller drainage as mentioned one may be able to possibly hear something large and maybe even dig it out to see what it is. With a stream the size of this actual watercourse one would never hear all the large targets, as there are holes in this creek that the bedrock is fifteen to twenty feet down. I know this because I had some friends that dredged in it years ago.
I explained to this fellow that a better route would be to locate someone that has "lots" of money and could negotiate getting some of the very expensive ground penetrating radar that is on the market. This equipment can sometimes even define the shape of an anomaly down deep, giving a better insight before digging.
As it is, he wants to start at the site and begin detecting the first large object, dig it out and if it is not what he is looking for, continue this procedure downstream.
I tried to explain that I don't have enough lifetimes for such an endeavor and was told that it takes "just luck". Well, maybe..........but I will continue with my gold detecting in which the odd's are a bit better.
The land status of the entire twelve miles is checkerboard throughout, along with the fact that a person would never be able to dig down,by hand, in any one of the deeper areas along this watercourse to retrieve such an item. A piece of equipment will be needed for this deep digging. There are also a few threatened species along this watercourse. This stream is also one that has very high Mercury content because of the high number of smelters in the area back in the mining days. The next big fact is that the stream has a public highway following along its course for many miles.
I suppose someone with a lot of money and more brains than I have might be able to get everything in place for a search and just maybe even find the item after all the hurdles they would have to jump. Maybe, just maybe they might have "just luck" on their side. I really wish this fellow well and would really love to be proven wrong. It is a Cinderella story. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
and no Steve, I am not mad at you...
Posted April 12, 2014
Hello all, this message is addressed to anyone that I have detected with over the years either up here in Redding, or anywhere else. Persons from various clubs that I have been a member of are also welcome to send a picture. I would like a picture of yourself holding gold or a favorite find. The pictures will be edited and used to make several collages that will be used in my upcoming book. Any of you guys on the different forums that wish to get involved and have your mug shot/gold in a book send me a picture.I thank you all, TRINITYAU/RAYMILLStrinityau@hotmail.com
Posted February 14, 2014
Hello Cy, it is very difficult to try and narrow things down for you. The problem in trying to discuss pockets or lines is that they show up differently at different locales. I can tell you what to look for here at my location but it may be completely different where you are at. We both may have opposing geology while we may also have some similar features. When I take a person out training I try and show them what is happening on the ground. The geology of your local area may be different but the set-up in my mind is probably pretty similar anywhere.
Let me try a different approach. Lots of people are on the lookout for a contact zone. This is good but too many people read too much into it. Some will see a quartz stringer running across the surface and call it a contact zone. While this may be true to an extent there is bit more to it. The area that I am located at has a general push from the NW to the SE. This push is the general direction in which the most prevalent base material is heading. In my neck of the woods this is shale, any color shale. So, as I am walking along I am watching the ground near and afar and seeing that common trend from NW to SE. While walking I notice that there is a dike or a seam, whatever you want to call it, of a different material crossing or cutting the general trend of shale that I have been looking at. This different material can be three feet wide or thee inches wide or it can be tiny seams that are matchbook wide, does not really matter. Here in my area it is usually Granite, Diorite, or Quartz and I have even seen shale crosscutting shale. As I stated earlier what you are watching for is the odd body of material that is cutting your general trending material.
Once I have come across a location like this I slow down and try to find its limits. At times an area can be very small and precise while at other times the area could be very large, literally square acres. Let me break down (limits). When you have one material crossing another, let's say shale being crossed by diorite, most times you will have a change in the color of the immediate and surrounding area. I try to line this area out so I can determine the likely erosion path. Remember, what is the down side of a hill now might have been just opposite millions of years ago. Finding these limits can be very frustrating when you are in an area that has lots of grass and foilage. Sometimes you will have outcroppings of the crossing material and this can really help to identify a direction. This may sound way out there, but there are many types of vegetation that grow only in certain ground conditions. This too can be a possible lead to a location. Once determined what direction that erosion has taken place I start to detect. If I am on a slope I go down the hillside several hundred feet and then start back up detecting as I go. I like to zig zag across the slope until I come across that first piece. At that point I start to concentrate on that area and up the hill. Yes, there are times that I do not get a piece and I may have to change my hunt tactics and become a little more intense with my search efforts. Of course there are times that all the pieces of the puzzle come together and there still just is no gold to be found. This happened to me a lot when I first started detecting for pockets. After a few years things became clearer and began to go my way. Once on a line/pocket you can almost run it out with a compass. I am talking about a sometimes straight line that will throw detectable gold on the surface accompanied by a clay or ironstone seam. These lines or pockets occur around the contacts that I have mentioned and can be traced for miles. An interesting scenario that I encounter in my area is that a lot of the most productive areas that I have located seem to always show up on the southeast facing slopes. So much so that I tend to seek out just those slopes.
Many people are too engrossed in looking for the quartz on the surface. In my local area there is virtually no quartz at many of the locations where pockets or lines have been found. This brings me to another point. When I say pockets most people are thinking of a single location where gold has been trapped and found, such as a crevice in bedrock. Others are thinking of an enriched zone of a vein that has pocketed out and left goodies behind. What I am after when I say pockets are these lines or very small areas that run immediately below the mentioned contacts. Are they worth it ? I think they are and many of my friends have learned over the years to become "one with the dirt", and the gold starts to show up.
I will say that this may just be an anomaly to the Redding,Ca area but I know that is not true. I have done the same thing in other parts of California, Nevada and Oregon. It is not easy and it can be really frustrating but it has been very rewarding for me over the years. This is a different type of hunting. I do hunt the old diggings, ground sluice operations, gullies and creeks, hardrock deposits and any other locations that the old timers worked but I like the thrill of finding gold in places where no one is looking. I hope this helps some, these are my thoughts from thousands of hours on the ground that I have hunted for pockets and lines. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted February 4, 2014
Tom, I just noticed your PM this morning. I am very sorry for not seeing it earlier. "The Elusive Pocket Gold of Southwestern Oregon"
written by Tom Bohmker.
Thanks all, TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted February 3, 2014
That sure is some nice looking gold. I love when it is that close to the source. Good job guys. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted January 20, 2014
Hello guys, Kellyco has the coil. It is not listed as a coil for the GB Pro. It is listed as a coil for the F75 and it will fit. I tried one quite a while back and it made the GB Pro too unbalanced for me to carry around. I really did not see any difference in performance when compared to the ten inch coil. If you have your ears turned on you will hear the same signals with the ten inch eliptical coil. I use my bug in very shallow ground. If the ground gets too deep I bring the 3000/Sadie out and will hear most targets. You need a combination of machines to effectively cover all ground. No one unit is going to get it all. No one coil is going to get it all. My feelings are that the Gold Bug Pro/ten inch coil combo is great. Spend some time with it and I think most will agree.
While we are talking about the GB Pro, my name came up as someone who modifies or knows about modification of the GB Pro. I do not and I see no reason for it. Mine works fantastic as it is. One tip for the ten inch coil, learn to use the main coil for more depth and the tip for extreme sensitivity.
Tom, I just noticed your PM this morning. I am very sorry for not seeing it earlier. "The Elusive Pocket Gold of Southwestern Oregon"
Posted December 11, 2013
Hello all, there were some issues on the AZO Forum and after changing over to Google Chrome things worked ok for me. Upgrading also worked for a few other people. I don't know if this will help, maybe. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted November 30, 2013
Hey Adam, that is a great picture. Nice gold also. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted August 2, 2013
Hello all, like Grubby these have all been on before somewhere down the line. More where these come from... Thanks, TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted June 26, 2013
Hello all, I was surfing the forums when I saw this post. $300.00 seems a bit high, but for the performance maybe not. You hit a main nerve when mentioning the Whites V-Sat Goldmaster. I loved my old Goldmaster and really wish I had not sold it. I would have loved to have just kept it around for the memories. Myself and a few friends did very well with that series in Trinity County, Ca. Thinking back at some of the gold, crumbs and nuggets, I would be hardpressed to find a VLF that would do just as good these days. The only thing that may have surpassed this unit nowadays would be the better depth performance of the newer units. I found crumbs at the Red Hill Patch that were just as tiny as anything I have found with my GBII, or my GB Pro. The fun thing about those old machines is that they were entertaining also. If a plane was flying overhead nearby you could point the unit at it and sometimes listen to the pilots conversations. Thanks for the memories, TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted June 21, 2013
Our prayers are with you for a speedy recovery Ron, Ray and Deb.
Posted April 3, 2013
Prayers are ongoing, Ray and Debby Mills
Posted February 1, 2013
SHEP, when you up here in Redding, how many years ago ? I told you about KOSS then. It was only 4 bucks a set back at that time. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS still laughing...
Posted January 16, 2013
Hey Terry, I just got back from prospecting and saw the post from this morning. I have no problem with you using the photos, however, as I said in my post Fisher Labs has copyright for ads and articles. That may pose a problem. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted January 15, 2013
Hello Guys, I'm famous, my pictures are all over the net also. I am pretty sure those nuggets were found in Northern California, I dont think I went to Arizona to find them... I am getting old however... I do remember giving copyright to Fisher Labs though, as they were found with the GB Pro. Thanks, TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted January 14, 2013
Hello All, I would have to say humming and singing while beeping. I think Shep and Grubby and probably a few others can attest to that. I have a few friends say I sound like a radio station, they dont know what their going to hear next. LOL TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted December 28, 2012
Chris, it works for me. I received the newsletter. George and I will not be making the GB Basin trip due to work. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted December 23, 2012
Hey Stan, did you make it ? I have not seen any pictures yet. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
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Posted December 20, 2012
Bill, I totally agree with the video. and we are starting to get closer every day for that split to become a gorge. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted December 7, 2012
Hello all, That is not a good picture of the gold but it looks likes dentistry balls. I knew a dentist thirty years ago, he was in his seventies then, that had several pounds of that stuff. It is very high purity and he kept this gold in one quart mason jars. He had a whole shelf full of them. I remember picking one up and would doubt that you would be able to say what the weight was. It felt like an empty mason jar to me. Years ago that is what dentists used to make the gold fillings. It was a long process, as it was all done by hand and in the mouth. A small tap hammer and rod was used and it took a while to do. It is pretty interesting work.
I dont know if that is what it was but it sounds like it to me. Like I said that is not a good picture. If that is what is then a five gallon bucket would weigh next to nothing. Just my two cents. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS
Posted November 2, 2012
Thanks to all that are reading the articles, TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS