Cheryl O’Brien

Cheryl O’Brien is an author from Dubois, Wyoming who likes to spend time fishing with her family. Her book, World War II POW Camps of Wyoming, was published in 2019. 

Playing a large trout without losing your fly; keeping the line taut while using the latest technology in reels and rods—dedicated fishermen and women enjoy all these things. How did the craft of tackle-making begin and evolve in Wyoming?

During World War II, the U.S. Army operated two large and 17 smaller prisoner of war camps in Wyoming. Prisoners worked on farms and in the camps, often for private employers, who paid a going rate for local wages. Some prisoners became friends with their supervisors, others with the farm families they worked for.