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I remember seeing a very large eel close to Notown I think it was…all I remember was a side creek in the bush and heres this Taniwha. It was in a pool and Mr Meanie and his mate chucked boulders in to fill up the pool until we finally got it…that was january 1970.

The largest eels I ever saw were truly monsters - one in the Taieri at Outram Glen about 1960, one in Deep Stream about 1985. one in the Taieri again also about 1960 and one in Wellwoods Pond at the end of Maori Road near Morven, South Canterbury - part of me was scared to take it on with even a pitch fork but part of me wanted to get it and so I did - I used the pitch fork plus a shotgun to finish it off.

I saw my Dad take one on while gold mining once. It was a large one and in Deep Stream at Wallaces Ford. At the time it was my uncles claim. Dad was in his skin diving suit and the eel came up behind him. Dad managed to spear it with his pick and it was fun to watch - the water got churned up and all you saw was a seething mass of arms, eel head, feet, snorkel, eel tail, more of Dad and more of the eel but he got it.

Two gold fossickers said to me that they were going diving near the point that Deep Stream empties into the Taieri - I wont name them as one follows this forum but he will know who I refer to - I told them to ‘watch out for the eels’ but they laughed. Later after they had returned home from their trip they said that they were actually attacked by the huge eels but to this day I dont know if they imagined that they were attacked or it was the eels just being inquisitive…I have never heard of humans being eaten or partially devoured by an eel…they just look scary - yes and I AM scared of big eels - when it comes to big eels and gold mining - shoot first - gold mine later!

When I was goldmining I always carried a .22 rifle with me and when eels came being nosy I slipped the rifle under water and shot them - worked a treat every time…it made me feel good as well.


the karamea is renowned for its big eels . a mate that used to meat hunt up there would carry balloons to put in the deer gut space and sew it up with flax tie a rope to the deer then leave it on the bank while he swam the river then he would pull it across the river by the rope if he was lucky he ended up with a deer intact. one time he had a couple of deer under the copper and was flying down the river when an eel leapt out and grabbed the deer pulling the deer and copper into the river lucky my mate managed to get to the bank.


for those that have found the tiger creek . in the same are are the archer, dooley, mishop and the saddle creek . all these creeks carry gold

but as you see you have to get there. there was a road/track up the ridge between the archer and the dooley with a geological survey camp have way up.


Looks like a good walk in



sum ones getting into some serious rock shifting


sorry should have been sent. but at least i no how to send photos


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not to sure if this will work but here is an interesting read. gold on my back door step don’t even have to get in the car.




Can you spin it for us Keith. Tried turning the computer upside but bloody hard work. :sunglasses:


sorry there musketballs but my heads spinning from trying to down load it. also spinning realizing that there is payable gold 1/2 hour walk up the valley. don’t need to get in my landie, up the charming creek walkway.
I will keep reading the book there maybe more.
I will try to work out how to spin it


Hopefully this turns Keiths page around…I sure had fun working out how to do it and in the end used three different ‘fuck about with photo’ programmes!


3 ounces a month! where do I sign up ha ha


putting up a pole shed for the toys. nice looking sand at the bottom of the hole so one had to do what one has to do . bugger me one very small dot of gold. caz said im not allowed to dig the lawn up. so looks like the glasseye is where ive got to go. pruned the track last Monday so ive only got about 500m to get to the head of the rough and tumble


When we were digging the long drop up at my place some bright spark panned samples of rotten schist as we dug it down and found quite a bit of colour then possibly the same bright spark later told me that he had panned fine colours in the churned up rotting schist on the track leading into my place near the house gate.


that’s one way to get your long drop dug. tell someone theres gold there


only a drop out would be sucked in but of course if they really want to go for gold then wait a year…after its dug!


caz said im spending to much time in the hills gold mining


thats not possible keith , no such thing as to much time , merry xmas