I have some love quartz of various colours Ive picked up over the years from NI mines before they were closed. Is what got me started panning in Aus.
Ive had some experience sluicing in Aus which seems a lot easier to find gold. I enjoy it a lot. I also like crushing rock. But come summer you got gnarly funnel web spiders and a million king brown snakes which are hyper aggressive at that time of year (the most deaths come from this snake, its not the most poisonous, its just the most common and most aggressive, and snakes love water.
But it appears there are still nuggets to be found in the SI? So is metal detecting and picking effective?
Is it legal to dive some of the areas and pick around trapping rocks (crevices etc) etc?
I plan my first trip this summer, so any tips on which river area I should try to suit my style would be appreciated. I think I will gold detect (but not sure if a mine 1000 is powerful enough) and if legal dive. I imagine panning rock traps with sediment may pay off as well? Or is all water bound sediment/gold off limits?
I do miss a good sluice session though. I have fever bad watching all your videos from the SI on youtube my gold brothers and sisters.