Looking in Tree Roots and Vegetation

    Another area you do not want to miss when looking for gold along the side of a stream under the high water mark and where it can often times be found is along side the roots of trees and grass or weed that is growing in this area. Remember that roots have hairs and become tangled together making them excellent traps for small particles of gold and they often times grab hold of gold and keep it there. It is as a matter a fact almost impossible for them to escape from this area or settle down.

    This type of situation can be seen with the bare eye and panning can be done in small amounts. What is normally done in these occasions is that clumps of grass are pulled up or some people will dig out an amount of soil with their hands or shovel and place it in the gold pan. Sometimes the area that is surrounding the tree or trees can also be dredged. Be careful when doing this though because sometimes when soil is removed from around a tree it loosens and can fall on you. Be very careful and use common sense if you find one of these types of deposits.

    Looking in Shingling Rocks
    Rocks that are located on the bottom of a stream often times shingle or mesh one on top of another. Shingling is a lot like the rock riffles that were used in the California gold rush days in placer mining and are great at trapping gold.

    Shingling can take place close to the surface of the bed load but is in many occasions located well settled into the bed. if you find a stretch of shingled rocks you should look into them more by more placering.