aliferste,

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)

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