Our Story

About Sam Johnson

Outdoorsman, Author, Bagpiper & Do Gooder....

The Wild Bearings logo personifies my numerous, but related “multi-directional” outdoor passions. The most obvious being fly fishing and writing about the remote streams and creeks in watersheds of the Appalachians in the east, to the Rockies and Sierras in the west – and most everything in between. Since my rod of choice is bamboo, another passion is making, collecting, selling and fishing them. My third passion is playing the bagpipes. As a member of the John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes & Drums in Atlanta, I spend a lot of time performing in events around the country.

I still work for a living as an equity partner in the Atlanta practice of the Newport, LLC. Newport is a national CEO and Board advisory group with offices in many major cities across the US. We offer advisory services to late stage emerging growth, and lower mid-market companies, as well as venture capital and private equity firms and their portfolio companies. In short, we help companies make more money by getting out of the ditch or prepare for a buy / sell transaction.

In the end I’ve been described as a red-blooded, flag waving American, performer, traveler, kilted fly fisherman, talker, loyal friend, gentleman, do-gooder, mountain man, Christian and occasional prevaricator. I’ve also been described using slightly stronger adjectives. Fortunately, they’re in a slight minority! 

About Chris Sloan

Growing up in a very small town in Texas was cool, especially since we lived just a few miles from Lake Lewisville. Total population 3,000 meant small town, small community, and great outdoor activities abound. I grew up bass fishing not only on Lake Lewisville, but my uncle had property in east Texas that had a 23-acre private lake where the bass were huge, the crappie fat, and the brim aggressive. I met my better half in that small town and 25 plus years later we are still Texas strong.  

Not long after college I got into golf and enjoyed playing for many years. But about 2014 a bug (pun intended) jumped up and hooked me with an even greater sport… fly fishing! I was always curious about the sport and it wasn’t until I met Sam, who is a true fly fishing pioneer, that the dream of learning how to fly fish became a reality.

I truly enjoy the nostalgia of the sport and especially the history of fly tying and bamboo rods. Wild Bearings is a dream come true that allows me to hopefully leave a little something behind to the sport while passing on what I’ve learned to the newer generations of future historians that will write their own stories someday.