First Official Visit To My Local Fly Shop. Advice needed.
So I'm a long-time lurker here and this is my first post. My wife recently gave me a gift card from a big, famous company so that I could outfit myself with everything I'd need to get on the river and out of the house once a month. It was a fun process and I'm ready to go. What I was wondering is this....I'm planning on stopping by the fly shop before my first outing and will definitely need some advice as far as river access and what's working that day. What is an appropriate amount to spend there that first day to send a message that I appreciate their advice and I'm not some dude from out of town who they'll never see again? I would have preferred buying everything at their shop but my wife wanted to surprise me.