Q&A with Clive Clynick…

Pretty sure I don’t have to tell you about Clive Clynick. He’s the go-to guy when you want to learn your detector inside and out. My guess too is you already have one or more of his 22 books.

You will find a complete listing and a whole lot more at Clive’s Gold Page.

Q. Clive, if you don’t mind tell us a little about yourself, i.e., where do you live, are you married, where you keep you keep your valuables, etc….

A. I live in Toronto Canada but do some hunting in the Caribbean too. Very sorry but I keep the six pounds of gold that I’ve kept in a safety deposit box…


Q. When exactly did you start detecting and what was your very first metal detector?

A. I started hunting in 1979 when a buddy came back from an exhibition with a White’s brochure. I was interested and got a 6DB hipmount model—quite a punchy little machine in its day. I then graduated to an Eagle 2 and later a Fisher CZ5.


Q. Clive, what was it that made you purchase or use that particular brand/model?

A. Back then the White’s 6000 Di Pro was the choice of many top hunters and the 6DB was what I could afford.


Q. In the beginning where did you concentrate your time? What areas did you search?

A. I was a park hunter and gravitated to anywhere there was big trees. Got a lot of gold by hitting the shaded sides of big trees.


Q. Curious what was your very first signal/find? Do you remember?

A. Don’t remember but I do remember my first gold ring—a signet with an appropriate “C” found with a loaner Garrett Deepseeker. It’s in the picture below — second from the left. A few months later I went into an old park and got the big sparkly one at right and then on our local beach I dug a massive 24K 39 gr. bracelet—a big find by any standards (2nd pic).


The 24K 39 gr. bracelet


Q. Another brain test Clive….how long did it take you to find your first silver coin and what was it?

A. Sorry just too far back…


Q. Did you spend a lot of time researching in the beginning and if so how did you go about it?

A. I live in an urban area and although I’ve done a fair bit of research—a lot of prime ground is covered or reclaimed. We have a shoreline here that has a lot of history—but there’s not much original ground.

Neither rain, nor sleet or snow…


Q. What would you consider to be your very best find after all this time, and yes I know it’s hard to choose just one?

A. Still gotta be this 159 gr. 14K chain—with 120 diamonds—appraised at $30,000 CDN—a biggie for sure—found with a White’s Dual Field.


Q. Okay Clive, what is your weirdest find to date?

A. That’s hard to say—never found any gold “grills” or that type of thing. Did get a silver swagger stick in from the 1800’s once—with the wood still in it.


Q. What is your “OLDEST” find to date?

A. Not that old by U.S. Standards—maybe an 1832 token. Got one Seated half dime—and an 1863 Indian Head—Civil War era.

A few gold finds from the last six months…


Q. I know you’ve used a lot of detectors over the years but what detector are you using at the moment and why?

A. I have a lot of machines and they all do different things. I like the CTX 3030 a lot and use it in salt water along with the Equinox 800. In salt I’m mostly a pulse hunter though—I run the Dual Field, the Anchor Electronics Baraccuda, and some rare British pulse machines—the Aquasearch and the CS6PI. I also have a waterproof Whites TDI Pro—very powerful but hard to keep it off the small conductors—as it is a gold field capable machine. I also run the Notka Makro Anfibio and Simplex—great machines in the iron.

Decisions. decisions, decisions…


Q. Clive can you offer a few tips or settings?

A. I’ll just say that it’s not a good idea to listen to anyone who tells you to “dig everything” because this is a recipe for frustration. Learn your simple basic skills—don’t try and learn everything at once by engaging in crazed random digging. Learn to check your responses in Pinpoint to determine the size, shape and consistency.


Q. When you do go detecting what accessories do you use?

A. I quite like those pinpointers that pair with your wireless phones and turn the detector off when activated.


Q. You surely have a bucket list. Care to share it?

A. Gold coin—or a few. My buddy in AUS found 17 in one spot—now it’s my turn…

My buddy’s finds….


Q. Have you detected overseas at all and if so where?

A. I hunt in the Caribbean a lot.

With my island pal Roland Marc Dacourt


Q. Clive do you belong to a club?

A. No—I used to do a lot of things for a local dealership here until I found that they were getting me to volunteer at their events but not even re-ordering my books.


Some gold from the last decade or so…

My Platinum finds


Q. You’re a prolific writer and many of your detectors guides are considered essential for the owner/user. Tell us how that all came about and what prompted you to start writing.

A. I write the books I would like to read. When I started there was no really good quality instruction to be had. To this day—a lot of the books available are straight out of the manual with a few “tweaks” thrown in. No one teaches the simple basics that will save a lot of frustration and wasted time. There are no “advanced skills” just the ability to use your basics effectively – things like testing targets in all metal and using the cross sweep to check consistency.


Q. Probably shouldn’t ask this question but I will. What would your IDEAL detector look like?

A. It would have the depth of a TDI Pro, the accuracy and fidelity of a CTX. Still waiting on that one…


Q. What projects, books are you working on at the moment?

A. Just released my Anfibio Multi book—kind of waiting for the “next big thing” to hit—I may or may not keep writing—depends if any new machines impress me.


Q. Clive if you could pass along one or two words of advice to other detectorists, what would they be?

A. Learn your basics. Don’t rely on just meter and tone. Use the cross sweep and your all metal mode to round out your target information. Learn to look for “sets” of target characteristics. This is the way to develop your accuracy and become adaptable.

If you’re interested in any of Clive’s books click on: CLIVE’S GOLD PAGE


Clive, many thanks and happy hunting….




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6 responses to “Q&A with Clive Clynick…

  1. john taylor

    ahhhh! mr clive clynick! knows what he is talking about! has the finds to back him up.no (b.s.) writing style.loves his gold, and one can learn a “ton” from him!”prolific writer, and well worth the modest investment.
    i’m just sayin’


  2. Roland dalcourt

    Bonjours tout a été dit, très difficil de trouvé mieux, he is a great master.

  3. Excellent piece. Six pounds of gold! Pass me a large single malt….

  4. Hey!
    I’ve had this great idea. If you follow Clive’s techniques, you could maybe find $20!

    I’ll watch for the mailman…any day soon, eh?

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