can you be a little more specific as to the location in the dc area? 4 states all join in the general area (virginia, maryland, west virginia and pennsylvania) and depending on where you are, there are any number of shops other than the mega-malls that have good equiptment and advice on local waters as well as differing specis...

also if you plan on fishing, all of these states have differing regulations (of course)

one more cast and i'll leave......well maybe one just one more