Every year I take a month off and go fishing at the coast. By the time I get home, I'm chomping at the bit to find some gold. And I did just that this weekend .
This time of year, the river is at its lowest, which makes it the best time to do some sniping. I decided to head backup to a section of creek, that produced some nice gold last year.
I got up there fairly early in the morning. It was nice and cool for the hike, but downright cold when I got into the river. The first couple of crevices I opened, didn't produced any gold. Then opened a fairly small crevice that had a large hunk of iron lodged in it. Just above the iron I found a nice little nugget. It wasn't that good looking, but it weighed three penny weights.
Throughout the day I opened up quite a few small crevices and found lots of iron and lead, but not much gold. Then I discovered a crevice that look really good to me. It had quite a bit of overburden on it, so it took about an hour to work it. It turned out to be worth the work because, at the bottom I found some nice piece of gold, along with some heavy chunks of iron. It was getting late but I decide to do one more small crevice in the fast water, it look pretty good to me also. I got a fair amount of fine gold out of it. The gold was nowhere near as heavy as a gold I found in the areas of heavier water flow.
All in all, it turned out to be a pretty good day. I went home with a little over 8 pennyweights of gold. Not a bad start to the second half of the season. I have plans to go back up soon!