My name is Rod and I’ve been searching the USA Gold Prospecting & Metal Detecting since 1984. I do find some nice gold nuggets using a variety of gold recovery methods. First of all, I began my prospecting adventures with a gold pan in a small creek located in Yavapai County, Arizona. While living in Redding, California I had my first introduction to dredging. The reason I created this website to is share knowledge and provide information about gold recovery. We will also discuss the various methods used in the gold recovery process including metal detecting, dredging, drywashing, crevicing, hard rock, gold panning. etc.
My Journey as a Prospector
My gold prospecting journey has been both as an individual with lode and placer and a professional small scale placer miner. I’ve been fortunate to have spent a lot of time prospecting all across our great nation. I’ve prospected in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado. As a result of my travels, I’ve met many great people making some amazing friends along the way.
Gold Prospecting & Metal Detecting – Success Methods
My prospecting method (philosophy) has always been based on four cornerstones. Boots on the ground. You need to be out in the field prospecting and exploring. There is no replacement for experience. History. History teaches us about the past. Once we know the history of the mining activity around us we are better prepared for success. Education. There is always something to learn. Learn by reading and taking advantage of the digital age. When I began prospecting the internet was not a part of everyday life. Use the opportunities presented to you. Exploration. Explore as much as you can.
I am also very passionate about other outdoor activities as well. Coin hunting. Hunting for modern coins and relics along the beach can be fun and rewarding. The ocean is very relaxing and people constantly lose items at the beach. Relic hunting. Finding old relics from the past is an incredible experience. You can find old relics by detecting, exploring, or just traveling around the country. Treasure hunting. Most kids dream of finding pirate gold. I did. There are many books written about lost or buried treasures all over the United States. Photography. Photography is a great way to capture your prospecting memories and share them with the next generation of gold diggers. Hunting and Fishing. Elk and salmon are always best fresh.
Gold Prospecting & Metal Detecting Equipment
My current prospecting gear consists of the following:
- Falcon MD 20
- Fisher Gold Bug 2
- Minelab Gold Monster 1000
- Minelab GPZ 7000
- Various hard rock crushers
- Keene 140 Drywasher
- Old Yeller Drywasher
- Apex Picks
I stick with the brands that have served me well over the years while remaining open to new ideas and gold recovery technologies. We can always learn more. In the past I’ve used or owned a wide variety of equipment including:
- Tesoro Lobo
- Tesoro Lobo SuperTraq
- Whites GMT
- Minelab SD 2100, 2200, GP Extreme, GP 3000, GP 3500, GP 4000, GP 5000, SDC 2300
- White’s TDI
- Keene 151 drywasher
- Keene 2.5 and 3 inch dredges
- Camel Spiral Panners
- Blue Bowl
- Keene RC 1 Rock Crusher
I have a lot of experience but do not consider myself an expert with all of this equipment. If you have a question, maybe I can help you.
Furthermore, over the years I’ve heard some very interesting beliefs said about Gold Prospecting & Metal Detecting by people who have never prospected. “All the gold is gone!” “The old timers got it all!” Nothing could be further from the truth. The old timers did not have any modern equipment or technology. They also disregarded a lot of gold bearing areas due to a lack of knowledge, hence, there is plenty pf gold left for you and I. The old timers certainly did take their fair share of the gold and were very smart prospectors. Imagine if you could go back in time 200 years with a modern gold detector? That would be a lot of fun and profitable. Seems like good times to me.
Expand Your Horizons
If you want to have improved successes you need to expand your horizons. Exploration can be travel. Another way to think about this is the fact that exploration can also be trying new recovery methods in your area. Hiking the deserts and mountains is fun and healthy. Hiking is also a great way to find gold producing areas that were either overlooked or not of economic value to the old time prospectors. You will never find any gold sitting and watching someone else do it on YouTube, rather, you’ll just be dreaming.
Since reading this article you probably wondering “How can I get started?”. You’ve taken the first step, you are reading and learning. You do not need to invest thousands of dollars into equipment to find gold. I have a friend who started prospecting with a pie tin at the Lynx Creek Mineral Withdrawal Area in Prescott, Arizona. It took him over a year, almost two, but he slowly found more and more gold with that old pie tin due to persistence. Consequently, he went from a pie tin to a gold pan. From a gold pan he finally bought a used Minelab SD 2100. With the 2100 he’s also found a lot of gold. He earned his success as a result of his hard work. Because he was determined, he succeeded. For that reason you can too.
Most of all, do not count on anyone to give you the all answers or locations. Find locations yourself and earn it like many of us did. Nothing is as rewarding as the feeling you get as a result of a great accomplishment. There are no shortcuts to becoming a proficient gold prospector or detectorist. Join the online forums likewise, join a gold prospecting club. Read gold prospecting magazines, read as much as you can. Interact, listen, and learn. Most of all, spend as much time in the field as you can. In conclusion, this website is dedicated to all gold prospectors, rookies and veterans alike and all those who seek adventure. Good luck and feel free to drop me a note.