Friday, December 2, 2011

2.2 Gram Week

   Well I'm still tryin to find that nugget at the dry creek, did manage to find two more pickers this week though. 1.6 grams in fines and .6 for the bigger pieces.

   It did finally rain/snow here yesterday but not enough to get things moving, so I'm still waiting for that all day rain event that will expand my hunting grounds. For now its water jugs and mud holes yee-haa.

   Well thats about all I got so enjoy the picture, and if you have any questions let me know.

Good luck out there,

Thursday, November 17, 2011

1.8 Grams this week

     Had a good week, wish they were always this good. I did find another picker (actually its almost a nugget, it weights just over 4/10ths of a gram. Its the big one on the left.) from the dry creekbed Ive been working, and now I'm convinced there will be nuggets in this area.

    Starting this weekend, will now redirect to this blog and I will be water marking my videos with this address. I will also place links on my other sites that will bring you here. If you are interested in purchasing a pocket dredge you can contact me through my you-tube channel.

     Looks like its gonna be dry here for a while longer, and lugging water is not so bad, but it does limit the areas I can pan in.

Heres the take for this week....

Good luck out there,


Monday, October 24, 2011

The Winter Panning Season

Hey I'm still alive and a very poor blogger, but now that winter is almost here I'm starting to get out more and I dont always have time to make a video so my plan is to do daily reports through this blog including pictures.

Gold Rush Alaska's new season starts this Friday at 9 PM, and it looks like the guys are back at the old claim so maybe this year they'll hit bedrock. I hope so as I really want to see the gold that comes out of that pit.

So I will start this season off with a cell phone picture (sorry about the quality) of a short trip last friday.

I pulled this 1.1 gram nugget from a crevice and the best part was I got it first pan of the day.

That's all for now, so be sure to check back as I am going to try and be a REAL blogger this season.

Good luck out there,


Sunday, May 22, 2011

More questions answered

Q: Great! I'll check out you're videos right now! I just bought some gold equip at a garage sale yesterday so thats why I'm looking into it. Its a small but complete set up. Ya know, dredger, sluice, pans, etc. Probably a dumb question but do you HAVE to have a claim to use this stuff or are they any open areas where nobody cares? Heh.. again, probably a dumb question.

A: Dredges are iffy, depending on where you are at. In California dredging is illeagal now, same here, unless your on a private claim so I woudl'nt use it until you know the rules. Panning is legal in all national forests and BLM areas UNLESS they have rules stating otherwise. If your new start off small, just learn how to find gold with your pan and work your way up. Alot of guys give up shortly after they start because they just cant find the good stuff. Be Patient and use ur head.

Q: Watched the videos. Pretty cool. Very exciting. I'm very curious as to why so many people post videos on youtube about how to find gold. Aren't you all afraid that you're making competition for you'rselves? I mean, why give away the techniques that you all worked so hard to learn? Seems odd.

A: I have told these "secrets" to so many people over the years, and for some reason it just does'nt stick. I'm at almost 20 ounces since 2005 because my hobby has become an obsession, its very challanging and most people just give up or are content with finding a few flakes. Theres alot of gold out there, but do you have drive and the sense to find it?

Q: Hmm... How much is it to buy an average small claim in AZ? I'm sure it depends on a lot of factors but just a ball park figure would be good.

A: DONT BUY A CLAIM!!!! If you do the research and stake you own claim it's $150.00 per year upkeep fee. If you BUY a claim it can cost thousands of dollars and there is NO guaratee there is any gold on it. Steer clear of people who sell claims, most just stake a claim and never set foot on it, then sell it to some poor fool.

Q: Yeah, I can imagine most people giving up if they don't hit it big on the first day. lol. Do you think the price of gold will continue to rise?

A: Dunno, As gold gets higher the dollar gets weaker, so not sure wishing for $2500.00 dollars per ounce is such a good idea.
I love a good debate, and this guy has some good questions. This is ongoing at you-tube on the Saturday Suprise video.

Q: So you're saying that the more you dig, the more you find? Becuase you stated that "the more you dig, the more you find" is the biggest fable out there. I'm still not sure what you mean. Thanks for the reply.

A:  All depends on "Where" you are digging. Yesterday I dug a spot on Lynx creek, the richest gold stream in Arizona. The bedrock I was working was a soft clay type shist, very rare for the area I was working, I found 2-3 dollars worth of gold. Why? Beacuse gold forms in streaks, the area I was working was about 70 feet from bank to bank, a streak is usually from 6-8 inches wide. If the streak had been running across this bedrock Im sure it would have been a 2-3 hundred dollar day. So the point is, not all the gravels in a streambed contain gold. Specks and small pepper sized flakes are common, and can be found scattered throughout the creek. I think I'll go out tomarrow and make a video just for you and try to explain this a little better. Thanks for the question.

Q: Well pound for pound, it sounds like the more dirt you move, the better you're chances are overall.
I have another question for you. During the rainy season, doesn't the floods wash away most of the existing gold and deposit new gold? So wouldn't most areas kind of be reborn with new gold to find?
So its sort of like brand new land with gold after each rainy season? So in theory, a hundred years vs a year would be the same? Sort of anyway? I suppose its not but how??

A: On lynx creek we just dont get enough rain to move 4 feet of overburden. The last big move on Lynx was 7 1/2 years ago, some areas got striped out and pocketed alot of gold, others didnt change at all. Some areas on Lynx are so wide that its likely the overburden will never move unless someone moves it with a shovel. Smaller washes pocket gold more often with alot less rain and thats why I hunt them. The wider the creek, the more water you need to get the same result.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hey good news.....It's raining here in Prescott and supposed to continue till tomarrow. Normally we are in our dry season by now so any rain is a good thing.

As you may have figured out I'm a terrible blogger, get me on the creek and I can chat up a storm... Sit me infront of a computer and I cant think of anything to say LOL.

I will endeavor to do better.

Good luck out there,


Monday, February 14, 2011

Patience is Key

   Knowing what to look for on a creek or wash is important, but patience is what wins the day.
When I locate a new wash, or go back to an old one, I look for patterns or similarities that have pointed me to gold in the past.

   Here in Arizona the process of gold pocketing in the bedrock is a slow one. If someone got to a drop before you did, it could take years for the gold to redeposit in the same drop. Rainy years speed up the process and dry ones slow it down, unlike California where just the snow melt can bring pounds of gold down from the high mountains.

   If your hitting drops but showing no color, just keep moving ( I ususally go upstream) until you start seeing gold in your pan. Once you find gold its time to start looking for those patterns that have produced in the past. This is where patience comes into play. There are atleast half a dozen tests I do to try and pin-point the streak. On a twenty five foot wide creek your trying to locate a zone usually six inches wide or less. This could take a few hours or even a few trips, but be patient and it could pay off in ways you never expected.

   Good luck out there,


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Heading Out

   Jason, Roy and I are heading for a wash today, I'm leaving in about 20 minutes. It's a wash I've never hunted so I cant wait to start sampling. No water there so we're taking detectors, water jugs and panning tubs, should be fun.

   So Gold Rush Alaska was'nt to bad last night, that nugget was sweet. Hope I find one today. Wondering if those last two episodes are the last of the season, or the last of the series....

   Well good luck out there.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011 is Live! is live although the products page is still under construction, so for now is still the place to purchase a Pocket Dredge (formally known as the GoldTube).

   I plan to have all the items I use in the videos, pans, screens, etc. available on the products page. Should be up and running soon. Over the next few weeks all my pages will be directed to

   Check out the Black Sand Pirates tab. This is an idea I tossed around for a while. I finally discussed it with a few friends and it just took off.
   By request I added a few games so if you have time click on the Games tab. Be warned, Gold Strike can be very addictive!
   Well thats about it for now, Welcome Aboard.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

GoldTube getting a new name

   Have you googled the word "GoldTube" lately? Well I just did and believe me it's time for a new name. I'm leaning towards "Propanner's Pocket Dredge", but to make this a little more interesting you can post your own ideas for the new GoldTube name. Just post it in the comments section, and lets keep it professional ie I'm not gonna rename it "GoldBong" lol.

   UPDATE: So it's official, anyone who chooses the new name will get a free "insert name here" pocket dredge.