Gregory W. Fay
Licensed in: MT, WY, CO
Greg Fay is a pioneer in the land brokerage industry. When Greg founded Fay Ranches in 1992, it was initially called Fay Fly Fishing Properties. Greg was the first to assign value to the recreational amenities of large agricultural ranches. He began marketing ranches on a national and international basis to a new audience in the hopes that there were buyers who would also place a subjective value on the quality of the trout fishing or elk hunting on a given ranch. This was a paradigm shift in the market. Prior to Greg’s new approach, the value of a ranch in Montana was based primarily on its agricultural production.
Since 1992, Greg has transacted many millions of dollars in farms, ranches, and sporting properties and has successfully executed some of the most significant land sales and acquisitions in the Rocky Mountains. With the support of his family and the help of many wonderful people along the way, Fay Ranches has grown to be the leading land brokerage in the United States, representing some of the finest land assets from Oregon to Florida. Fay continues to lead the industry in the sale of sporting ranches but has also expanded its marketing to reflect the value drivers of land in the different regions of the US, including vineyards, timber, farms, and production ranches, in addition to hunting and fishing.
Greg has also been an owner and manager of a productive farm/ranch on the Ruby River in Madison County, Montana since 1995 and has been intimately involved in the enhancement of a multitude of ranches over the years, creating ponds, wetlands, rehabilitating fish and wildlife habitat, and implementing sustainable agricultural programs. This combination of interests has provided Greg with a wealth of knowledge relative to the marriage of recreation and agricultural production, and he enjoys sharing this knowledge with his clients. Developing and enhancing water features, wildlife habitat, and agricultural production can all increase both the market value and the owners’ enjoyment of the ranch.
Greg graduated in 1984 from the University of Colorado with a degree in English Literature and has been a full-time real estate broker since 1986. In his over 30-year career, Greg has built a reputation of being direct and honest with a wealth of knowledge in the land investment arena.
The youngest of seven children, Greg was raised in an entrepreneurial family in which a strong work ethic and integrity were combined with an importance placed on doing something you enjoy. Greg has been very successful in fulfilling this family creed.
An avid outdoorsman all his life, Greg has pursued his passion for fly angling in both fresh and saltwater and has enjoyed upland bird hunting and big game hunting for many years. His interest in fishing and conservation led Greg to join the board of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, a fisheries conservation organization dedicated to understanding and improving habitat for these saltwater gamefish through science.
Greg is happily married and lives with his wife, their two sons, and their Llewellin Setter bird dogs in Bozeman, MT.
Available Property Listings by Gregory W. Fay
With approximately 1.5 miles of frontage on one of the finest largemouth bass fisheries in Florida, the property also provides tremendous turkey hunting for the legendary Osceola Turkey, excellent whitetail deer hunting as well as a strong population of American Alligators. With an excellent mix of uplands, wetlands, and swamp land, the property also provides tremendous opportunities for seasonal Duck and Dove hunting.
This scenic ranch located along the tailwater stretch of the Ruby River offers incredible fishing, a productive agricultural operation and a blank canvas to build your dream home. The ranch is one of the few remaining properties on the Ruby River that does not have an existing conservation easement.
The ranch is one of the most recreationally productive ranches we’ve listed for sale, it possesses over 4.3± miles of completely restored spring creek (Nevada Spring Creek) from its source to its confluence with Nevada Creek, there is an additional 5.5± miles of Nevada Creek (a tailwater tributary to the Blackfoot River) and 1.3± miles of Wasson Creek (an important tributary of the Blackfoot River).
From its perch overlooking the Gallatin Valley, the ranch provides the best of both worlds; complete privacy in a beautiful setting, as well as easy access to Bozeman and all the amenities this vibrant university town has to offer. There is a beautiful ranch compound with a custom ranch style home, shop and a 1 acre stocked trout pond and the property is contiguous with an additional 640± acre State section of land. It is the ideal property for those looking for privacy and ideal proximity.
Within some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery lies a river valley without equal. The West Boulder Angling Retreat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience one of the West’s most beautiful settings.
This idyllic river bottom ranch offers towering cottonwood trees, dense riparian habitat, beautiful hay meadows and spring fed sloughs, all nestled along the banks of the Shields River. You could be fly fishing in the afternoon and within minutes be sitting down to a gourmet meal in Livingston or Bozeman. Shields River Ranch is a synergy of recreation, agriculture, beauty, and convenience.
The Historic Hawkwood house stands alone in the prestigious West Boulder River Valley as an artistic renovation of the valley’s most historic structure. This finely appointed 2,457± square foot, three bedroom‐suite cabin is as stately as its pristine surroundings. Surrounded by the West Boulder Reserve.