As we all know, gold if considerably heavier than the normal dirty and gravel that you will find in streams and rivers across the globe.

This is why gold panning is such a big part of the gold treasure hunting world today – with the right skill and technique, you can find gold fairly effectively by using gold panning alone. Gold is found in so many different forms that – whether it’s wires of gold, golden nuggets or even golden crystals, giving you plenty of things to look out for when you are actually panning.

To get gold panning, you need to of course go and get a pan!

Once you have one, you need to try and find some local information on the best places nearby to go and check for gold.

You can check out our list of potentially good places in the UK to get started in, as they are historically popular areas for gold.

To be good at panning, you literally need two things on your side – a good attitude and a gold pan. That’s it!

You are looking for one thing when you start any gold panning exhibition, and that is a “trap” in the water. This is when you can see that the stream or river is slowing down at any specific point.

This is fairly common in streams, and this usually means that the gold can settle into these parts.

You need to check the curves, the boulders and the sides of the river especially to see what has come up when you see a trap in the river.

The best times to start gold panning are the days after a big winter thaw, or a large storm.

This usually has enough force to dislodge some of the gold and set it downstream again so that it will start to get stuck again on its journey, re-opening up any parts that were just not visible or accessible last time.

Checking out local streams for gold is a good way to get started in the gold panning world – it’s where you will spend most of your time as a panner, as well.

If you aren’t sure on how you should be using your gold pan, then try and make sure that you always do the following;

  • Fill it up to about ½ with rocks, sand and gravel from along the riverside or the water stream that you’re at
  • Remove stones from the water’s surface and break up any larger pieces of dirt or clay that come up
  • Direct your pan towards the water, holding it underwater, and then start to slowly let the gravel and the stones trickle out back into the water, and do this until there is less than a cupful of finely grained material left at the bottom of your pan
  • Rotate the pan in a circular method, and you will start to see the lighter material separate from the darker material at the bottom. Hopefully, you’ll see some shining material at the bottom of your pan and then use the tweezers to remove the gold from the bottom!

Of course, not every exhibition out to gold panning is going to be rewarding or even worth your while, but it’s certainly a great way to have fun and kill hours of your time.

You never know, with the right information and the right timing you might stumble onto gold that is going to change your life forever!