One of the easiest ways to collect gold, is right after a heavy rain or flood has taken place. These heavy rains can cause a creek or a river to dramatically change and this kicks up a lot of gold. You can find gold just laying on top of the surface in many cases, if you can begin to look for it, right after a heavy rain has fallen.
There is a good trick gold prospectors can do, to help increase their chances of finding flood gold. If you have the time to go to a nearby river or creek, after it has came a good gully washer (heavy down pouring rain), or be by the water’s edge while the rain is still falling like buckets, you can clearly see where the gold will be pocketing up at. It is important to know for sure there is gold in the river, stream, or creek you’re observing. As long as you have found gold there before or known of others finding gold; then just wait for a good heavy rain to locate where the flood gold is hanging out.
During or shortly after one of these unusual rains, where you have fast flowing conditions in the water, check for unusual patterns going on. See if you can locate a small area of water, that is actually flowing up stream. If you pay attention near the banks, you should be able to find a 1 to 3 foot area of the waterway; in which the water isn’t rushing down the stream like other parts are in the river or creek and there is actually a opposite flow going on. An area like this, means that gold will be traveling through out all areas of a river or creek during a flood or heavy rain and all the gold that travels near or in this area of reverse-flowing water, will allow time for the heavy gold to sink down to the bottom. The water traveling in the opposite direction will have a slow pace. Also, where two different water flows are side by side, you have a non-flowing part of the river or creek occurring.
For all of these reverse flows during a heavy rain, be sure to mark them good or remember exactly where this is taking place. You won’t be able to retreive your gold that day, but once the water begins to recede, you can go back there and begin taking sample shovels of dirt and loading them into your gold pan for testing. While finding your spots of water, where it is flowing in a different direction, make sure to only mark and remember the ones near the bank. Those out in the center, will not be accessable, unless a big drought follows; which exposes this area. Or you are a little more serious when it comes to gold prospecting and you own or have access to a dredge. If you don’t own a dredge; then only marke the spots close to the bank and those that will be exposed, once the rain stops and the water begins flowing normally again.
One more thing to look for, other than reverse flows, is the whirlpools or water twisting in a circular pattern. These little whirlpools; which are often the size of a plate in your kitchen, is another good place where gold has the chance to settle down to the bottom of the river or creek bed. You could find larger whirlpools in the larger rivers, where some could be 4×4, 8×8 or 12×12 in rare cases. These larger whirlpools could give you a bigger area to dig for and it would take more time to really clean these areas up good. Your chance for finding some of the larger nuggets, is a possibility. The kitchen-plate size whirlpools are big enough for a 1 oz gold nugget to stop moving with the flow of the water and be heavy enough to sink down to the bottom. So the whirlpool size isn’t really that important. The important thing is knowing exactly where these whirlpools are happening and where opposite water flows are taking place.
Does any of this make sense? Basically, gold is heavy and will always find a nice place on the bottom of a river or creek to rest. During a big flood, everything under the waters gets disturbed. If you were able to stick your head under the river, during these fast-flowing conditions, you would see big rocks and even boulders tumbling along under the water. Water is very powerful during a flooding situation and dangerous for all of us, who attempt to enter a raging river. Just wait for things to get back to normal and go back to the places you marked; or remember exactly where opposite flows and whirl pools took place. Your gold will be very close to the top. Finding flood gold is one of the most time efficient ways, a gold prospector can find deposits of this beautiful, yellow metal; which Nature has sprinkled all over the Earth’s surface for us. Please let me know if you have questions or can add more tips or pieces of advice for locating gold after a big rain storm.