The Ranch - STAFF

Chris Pfadt


Chris has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with jobs that have ranged from working in high-end restaurants and ski resort hotels to managing luxury Montana fly fishing lodges. With a keen lifelong passion for fishing and hunting, he was drawn to Montana in 1998 from his roots in Pennsylvania to pursue his outdoor interests.

Now with a perfect blend of guest service and guiding experience as the Grey Cliffs Ranch General Manager and Guide since 2006, Chris loves to share his knowledge of the outdoors with guests. He lives on site with his wife Licia, a ceramic artist, his two kids Aidan and Kilah, and his German Shorthair Pointers Katie and Hunter. Chris is always on-call and available to help guests with anything and everything at any time.

Montana Outfitter License #20265, guide license # 12812

Tracy Blashill


We are excited to have Tracy Blashill on our full time staff.  He and his wife Alice live on the property with their two dogs.  Tracy operates the ranching side of Grey Cliffs in addition to guiding guests. His many years of Montana fly fishing experience and friendly disposition on the river will ensure a great time:

Tracy Blashill grew up in Austin, Texas. In the early eighties Tracy began guiding whitewater trips in the American southwest, and guiding fly fishermen on some of those rivers soon followed. Since then guiding has led Tracy around the world. For almost two decades he has made the incomparable rivers and mountains of southwest Montana home.

Montana guide license #8043

Mike Welch


Originally from Colorado, Mike brings 25 years of culinary experience to the table.  He was educated at the California Culinary Academy, and owned a restaurant in Portland, Oregon.  Mike lives on the property with his wife Kim, daughter Carly and son Jackson.  He spends much of his off time fishing our Montana rivers and always has some great tips on local walk wade spots.