New Sluice Mat Ready for Market

The new patent pending MotherLode Mat ™ is a unique mat that requires some understanding.  This mat was first designed for commercial ops to be installed at the end of sluice runs to help catch fine gold.  However we know it will be VERY useful in other prospecting equipment.
UPDATE: Just fished the video below. 

VERY IMPORTANT: The Motherlode Mat™ should NOT be considered a PRIMARY capture mat. It has no flow interruption (riffle style grooves) like the Talon Mat. Therefore if you have high water speed, and high feed rates, larger gold can FLIP or ROLL down it.  The MotherLode Mat™  is designed to go at the END of a sluice to help capture FINES that may be lost due to heavy feed rates, thick slurries, or turbulence.

For MOST people… this is what a well tuned mat should look like.

The picture below… the day after the video was shot, I went back and looked at the mats again. In my “hurry” to get things done and shot I didn’t do a great job cleaning them. (Call me lazy.)  Doc

Now in stock and shipping…

The mat was designed to have VERY little turbulence, almost none, but at the same time be aggressive on the exchange.  Not easy to do. This helps in the capture of VERY fine gold that normally escapes many sluices.

The mat has two basic “grooves”.
Groove #1 is more of a traditional drop groove with a quiet exchange pattern.
Groove #2 is a more OPEN and ACTIVE groove which is very exposed to the water flow.

This “imbalance” ensures that a capture zone is always open and allows for the capture of a variety of sizes of gold from the 1/8” to 300 mesh gold.This is shown in the picture below. Click to enlarge. 

Gold sluice mat

Tuning…  (A two phase option)
The tuning can be done visually by inspecting the two grooves.  Groove #1 should be roughly ½ to ¾ full of black sands.   Groove #2 should only contain gold, lead, or other heavies.  This is the NORMAL exchange setting.  However, if ops have the option for two levels, the second level should have more material in both grooves.

Testing is still ongoing on other equipment such as dredges and other deep water sluices, but we have no doubt it will become a vital matting for most gold recovery operators.  The mat is GREAT for ops with thick slurries that steal precious fine gold.

The mats are sold in our normal 6” x 36” cut to fit strips or in our pre-made 36” x 48” commercial mats.

Facebook Live Video shot while testing.


gold sluice mat

gold sluice mat

gold sluice mat

gold sluice mat

gold sluice mat


  1. Doc,is this mat something you would recommend be added to the the mats used in the Raptor Flair 2.0?

  2. I plan on using this new MotherLode mat to dredge out our tailings pond. I want our gold back. Avoidable losses in recovery are unacceptable.

  3. Can you use this in a 10″ X 36″ river sluices?And is there a configuration like using different mats along with the Motherlode Mats?
    What do you recommend for an every river sluice mat?

  4. Looks great Doc. I know you will have a great test video latter. R&D takes time. Keep up the good work. I own several of your products, and have seen the quality that Gold Hog stands for.

  5. Hi Doc
    just watched the new video on the mat I was impressed with the highbanker and mat because the fines were simply gorgeous
    and the pickers were > YUGE ?
    Thanks for Sharing

  6. Doc, something tells me that you are one of the few individuals that puts so much time, effort and science behind your products. You have gone so far as to expand the vocabulary of prospecting. Sometimes, I get to feeling I am watching a great big science project. Thank you for bringing us along on your adventures.

  7. We are using 2-urs/1-razor/3-scrubbers/2-razors/3-urs/miners moss
    expanded metal on top of the moss. On a 10’x10”x4”sluice 85 gpm 10* angle.
    Are the new mats even better than the urs. We are recovering 95% to 98% of our 300- gold. that’s really all we see no big stuff here. We are only 20 feet goal is to get down to 90 feet that bed rock.

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