Re: First Official Visit To My Local Fly Shop. Advice needed.
I would definitely stress the fact that you are local and looking to establish a relationship with your local fly shop. The vast majority of fly shops are great and, like most businesses, want that repeat customer. However, I know from personal experience that there are a few fly shops who figure if they're never going to see you again, that is an opportunity for them to unload some flies that have a coat of dust on them - happened to me in CA and MT.
Also had the wonderful experience at a bar in MT where we stopped to get directions and a guy took us out on the back porch "where we can see the map better" while another guy relieved me of my spare tire, but I suppose that story belongs in another thread.