Hi everyone, I have never been gold prospecting but would like to try my hand at it, purely for fun. I used to do some metal detecting in Georgia but mostly for civil war relics. I now live on the Skykomish river in WA state. Sometimes I live in the river (during floods we have had our house totally surrounded by flood waters where I had to canoe to land to get to work). House is safe so far because it is on a high concrete foundation. Anyway, I knew that there was some gold activity in my area in the late 1800s. There is even a town a few miles upstream from our house named Gold Bar, named after a bar on the river where some amount of placer? gold was found. There is a ghost town up past Index called Monte Cristo which also I believe had some gold mining activity. What is the best way to get your toe in the water, so to speak, here in WA state? All I ever find when I brush through some gravel around the bank at my home is very gold looking flakes that crumble into smaller flakes and also seem to be non-conductive. I am assuming this is some sort of mica and it would be nice to see what actual gold in the pan looked like.