I have seen all the work that Adam & BD has done with all of his before and after pictures and it got me to thinking there has to be an easier way to catch gold in a dry stream bed. So I come up with this idea.
1st find you a source of gold and then go down stream a few yards. Dig you a trench across the stream the width of a gallon coffee can and as deep as a coffee can is tall. Put several coffee cans in the trench like the drawing shows. Also put a good size rock in each coffee can so they don't float out of the trench when it rains. Now put some kind of marker (paint will do) in line with the cans so when you return you can find them. Leave and come back in a couple of months. Hopefully you get rain.
When you return, dig the cans out and all of the dirt around the cans. When you separate the gold from the dirt and rock I believe you will be surprized at all of the gold.
Now I know some of you are wondering "why not just dig a trench and no cans." Well the reason for the cans is because you might not find the trench when you come back. The cans will also make it easier for you to remove the dirt and gold. All the digging you'll have to do is directly over the trench and in the trench around where the cans were.
If you try this, i'd like to know how it worked. Good Luck!
PS- I almost forgot, you'll need a good size pick and a flat blade shovel for the trench. That's all!