How To Pan for Gold? Here’s A Quick Tip!

Easy Gold Panning How-To Trick

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When I started panning for gold last year, not only was I panning streams downstream of some old claims, I was BRAND NEW to prospecting and gold panning.

Not knowing any better I was taking much too long to sample and work my pans.  Of course, I did not want to lose any gold.

My quick solution to keeping all gold plus speed up panning?

One day on a whim, I threw some small non-lead, painted fishing weights into each pan.  My reasoning was if I kept the weights, then I was panning properly since any gold, being the heaviest density (~19 g/cc) material would definitely staying in the pan.

Not only did my gold panning confidence increase, so did my processing speed allowing me to sample more spots looking for gold.

One unexpected but added plus until I was getting yellow in the pan…I was finding “something” in EVERY pan!

Take Care,


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