The Fossicker

According to Wikipedia, a Fossicker or Fossicking is a term found in Cornwall, Australia and New Zealand referring to prospecting, especially in more recent times, when carried out as a recreational activity. This can be for gold, precious stones, fossils, etc. by sifting through a prospective area.

In South Australia, fossicking is defined as 1. To search for gold, especially by reworking gold washings or waste piles. 2. To rummage or search, for a possible profit and also non profit. 3. Primary word for the gold prospector and prospecting Down Under!

Video by Joey Wilson of Prospecting Channel

Pyramid Pro Gold Pan & Maverick Pan Demo by Inventor The Fossicker

Welcome to my Blog. I guess you could call this an extension of my website – Various subjects can be discussed here, including other items that wouldn’t fit very well into the website agenda. Readers have the ability to comment about the subject matter being presented. Some of the subject matter to be presented in the future will be from other folks other than myself – in fact I encourage others to participate on this Blog.  Meantime, visit my website to check out my latest products and also follow us to read when there is something new on my Blog Roll.

Until then….Cheers,

The Fossicker,
Dennis Katz

FOSSICKERS – Snake River Products aims to supply the best finishing gold pan and production gold pan for fossicking and prospecting. We have our own line of excellent gold pans and we also make the best sluice boxes for fine and micro gold sluicing. We also represent Cleangold, mercury-free, micro-gold sluice boxes, the best sluice boxes bar none. We also carry many accessories for all your prospecting needs. For metal detecting we have valuable videos and information for object recovery.  People from all over the world use our gold pans and sluice boxes.


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20 Responses to The Fossicker

  1. jack eutsler says:

    my pro pan has a crack in the neck. How can I fix it? I love this pan and I don’t want to lose it.


    • fossickers says:

      Howdy Jack,
      I’m not too sure about your message, but it sounds like you have a broken Pyramid Pro Pan. If that is true, E Mail me at and let me know. If your Pan is broken send me your mailing address and photo if possible. I will replace it with a new one, as the pyramid Pro Pan is Guaranteed. I wait to hear from you. Cheers.

      The Fossicker,
      Dennis Katz


  2. ngust says:

    I have been using the pyramid pro pan for sampling in BC. It is awesome. It not only removes the need for a sluice for sampling it is better. You can grab samples quickly and efficiently without the need to clean up in between. Great product.


    • Thanks for your comment. I have found that sampling for gold down to 200 mesh, that the slogan for this pan holds true. “If it isn’t in your Pyramid Pro Pan, it just isn’t there.” Cheers.


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  4. Harry Bragdon says:

    Hello, I just recently got your pyramid pan and plan on getting it wet soon. I havea an idea that I thought I would run by you. I prob wont be able to try this until next year but maybe you have some thoughts on it. I am planning on placing a 1/4-1/2 screen over the top of the pan and then hanging it at the end of my dredge. I will then remove all the obstrutions (carpets and riffles) from the dredge. Run directly into the pan. My hopes is that what goes through the screen stays fluid in the pan continually washing out the light material and pushing the heavies to the capture area. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks in advance. Harry


  5. Harry Bragdon says:

    Got out today. Ran about 3-4 buckets and got about 6 very small pieces (not flour but close for most). I classified down to 1/4 inch and had problem washing out the bigger pieces of gravel and pebbles. I scraped off top layer a few times as I was stratifying figured the heavies were already worked down. Was a little tiring on the arms, maybe with practice it will get easier. The bottom was filled with red garnet sand each time I emptied the pan. I like this and believe it works as advertised and definitely gets the small stuff.


    • Howdy Harry,
      Good to hear from you. What you have done is not a new idea though it is by using a Pyramid Pro Production Pan to do it. Without going through a lengthy story on what has been done in relation to your idea, I would recommend that the best way to check out the performance of what you are trying to achieve, is to check your tailing for loss – not so much for what gold you have collected. One point I will make is that the force of the water exiting a Dredge is usually counter productive for what I call your “pay gold.” Many Dredgers would probably disagree with me, but few if any ever check their tailing out. There is a solution though I am not going into it on this reply. If you are interested, you may call me and I’ll go into the details with you. Meantime, with a little more practice you will become an expert with your Pyramid Pro Production Pan working with it by itself. Cheers.


  6. Bob Schmiedt says:

    Hey Dennis, I have had my Pyramid Pro Pan and Maverick Pan for a little over three weeks, and have several opportunities to use it in the streams around Lake Allatoona in Georgia. It is a fantastic production panning system, that has significantly increased the amount of material I can go through, and seems to pick up even the finest gold flakes. Thanks again for developing the Pyramid Pro Pan! All the best, Bob


  7. Howdy Bob,
    I’m glad you’re enjoying the Pyramid Pro Production Pan. It surely will process a lot of material in a very short time, plus it’s easy and fun to use, yet giving you the results you want. Good luck in your gold quest. Cheers.


  8. Denis,
    Brother Joseph in Vermont LOVING You Pyramid Pro Pan. The Gold in VT. is small but, it’s no match for your product. It has captured 200 mesh with ease. It has upped my take in gold as it doesn’t seem to miss a thing. The biggest gold found here by myself so far is slightly over 20 mesh. It is also some of the most pure gold in the US at 22.5 to 23K
    Sent you a video but I’m thinking I would like to make a better one, as I had only classified and ran two 5gal. buckets in that video and I was not yet fully used to it.
    Several people have become interested in this product that I am indeed promoting. It is GREAT!

    Thank you so much.
    Brother Joseph
    Central VT. Prospecting


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  12. Rick N says:

    Hi Fossicker. I have the Recon but still waiting to use it for the first time. I live in Upstate New York in the southeastern Adirondack Mts. I want to use in in Vermont streams, but Vermont has a silly sluice permit law. The Recon really isn’t a sluice, but more a “fluid dynamic classifier”. Did you patent the Recon as a fluid sluice, or a fluid classifier? A sluice in theory has riffles. It has matting and or miners moss. The Recon has neither. It has a classifying plate with classifying holes and uses the flow of water to classify material and the end result is heavier, finer material which collects in the cleanout trap. Do you think you should have maybe patented this as a fluid classifier instead? If I get caught using this in Vermont without a permit it’s a $150 fine+

    Rick N


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