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While detecting in an exposed bedrock section (while working my way upstream) in a wash today, I noticed something "juicy." :droolin:    It was a naturally-formed riffle that had formed in the exposed granite bedrock up about 5 ft from me.  In my mind I thought:  That would be an ideal spot for a nugget to drop and be sucked up under the ridge of that riffle.  The riffle was probably only about 5" wide, but ideally, it was positioned in the lowest part of the wash.  :yesss:  Although I continued detecting, slowly working my way up to the riffle, my "minds-eye" could see that nugget there.  I could hardly contain myself to continue slowly detecting where I was at, because I just knew that there was a nugget there.  It even slowed me down a little more when I had to stop a couple of times to dig lead targets,..."drats":2mo5pow:     When I finally reached the spot and swung my coil over the riffle,....it was there!!! :4chsmu1:   It was a nice-mellow signal that I had hoped would be there.  When I took my digging tool and dug out the little bit of sand and clay mixture, out came that little-bit-of-yellow that we all enjoy seeing.  It isn't a real big nugget, but it was where I knew it would be.  My detector really didn't find it,..I did,....my coil just pointed out where it was.  The last picture is of a quartz vein cutting thru  (contact zone) the exposed granite bedrock, which was about a foot-or-so upstream of the riffle.   Happy Hunting all.   Gary






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Way cool!!  Those natural riffles sometimes capture the most unlikely things -- such as a small rusty fishing hook that somehow got sucked 12" or so into a hairline bedrock crack.  I worked for several hours chipping away through seemingly solid rock toward a louder and louder signal and what I was dead certain would be a gleaming hunka-chunka.  That was in early September 2003 when the water levels had fallen quite low on the North Fork of the Salmon River a few miles downstream from Forks of Salmon.  I'm glad your adventure produced a better color.

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Man....  I gotta get up there before you get them all.  :tisk-tisk:

Nice work Gary.  It's nice when you can start to predict where gold might be.  Especially if it's actually there.

Congrats !!  :thumbsupanim


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