About Us


Born and raised on the Klamath River in Happy Camp, CA professional guide Mario Gomez from Ironhead Guide Service grew up on the creeks and rivers fishing for salmon, trout, and steelhead. Mario was fortunate enough to have a great year-round fishery on the Klamath River in his backyard. After catching his first steelhead on a guided fishing trip he knew that being a fishing guide was something he would pursue. 15 years into a career of fighting wildland fires for the US Forest Service, Mario chose to follow that dream and bought a custom Willie drift boat and started guiding and exploring the world of Salmon, Trout, and Steelhead fishing on the Klamath, Umpqua, Rogue, and Chetco rivers.

Ironhead Guide Service believes that the most important part of a fishing trip is the EXPERIENCE its customers have. That is why they are a customer service based company and go through great lengths to insure its clients receive the best fishing experience possible. The things that set professional guide Mario Gomez apart from the competition are his state of the art boats, top of the line equipment, and his ability to produce a comfortable, fun, relaxing fishing experience. “You’re not going to get scolded for getting my boat dirty, losing a fish, missing a cast or bite, that’s not my style and no one likes a salty old dog for a guide”.

Pro guide Mario Gomez now has 10 years of experience running a drift boat as a Klamath River Fishing guide, Umpqua River fishing guide, Rogue River fishing guide, and a Chetco River fishing guide. Mario has built from the ground up a reputable fishing guide service and has made a name for himself and his company in the fishing community. Ironhead Guide Service has established itself as a Premier Outfitter in California and Oregon offering guided fishing adventures on most of the famous and top producing rivers in the Pacific Northwest including the Klamath River, Umpqua River, Rogue River and Chetco Rivers systems.

With 25 years of personal fishing experience, Mario can provide his customers with some knowledge to assist their angling success. When you book a guided fishing trip with Ironhead Guide Service, you can expect maximum effort on and off the water, as well as complete honesty regarding the fishing and river conditions. Ironhead Guide Service caters to its client's needs by studying the water conditions and fish numbers, to put you on the most productive Salmon Fishing and Steelhead fishing water in the Northwest.

Ironhead Guide Service employs all techniques when pursuing Salmon, Trout, and Steelhead including side-drifting, back trolling, fly fishing, and back-bouncing. Mario features a broad range of innovative fishing techniques, many of which have been learned throughout his carrier as a Klamath River fishing guide, Umpqua River fishing guide, Rogue River fishing guide, and Chetco River fishing guide.

Mario Gomez is a US Coast Guard certified OUPV Captain, bonded, insured, CPR certified, and a medical first responder, meaning your fishing trip will be completely safe. We are a non-discriminating business and an equal opportunity employer. Ironhead Guide Service operates under special use permits as a fishing guide for Bureau of Land Management Medford District, and the US Forest Service on the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forests. Mario is certified through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon State Marine Board as a commercial fishing guide.


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