Re: First Official Visit To My Local Fly Shop. Advice needed.
Yeah, no rules here. The very best thing you can do is be honest. Tell them you just got a rod and reel for x-mas (get's you off the hook for not buying from them!), you're new to fly fishing, you live down the road and are curious about access and what flies to use. Then buy some flies that they recommend.
Flyshop guys can smell a newby a mile away, so don't pretend that you aren't! They will see that you are potential new costumer since you are local. Don't expect the best advice ever on the first visit, you just have to keep going back and build a relationship.
And finally, welcome to the forum!