Here's good question for you experienced bush pilots.
I'm on the cusp of buying a pretty nice '59 C180. I love how they fly & it has the float fittings and STOL mods I wanted. My problem is I don't have but a few hrs in conventional gear and am worried about rolling it into a ball. Two very good instructors I know & respect who have trained hundreds of pilots rec I get a tri-gear and more hrs flying the bush before I venture to the tail wheel or start on floats. One instructor says 80% of his tail-dragger students wreck their planes.
I could buy C182 and out in several 100-hrs then maybe switch but then wld have to buy a new plane to try floats. Or,...I might cld install some VGs & STOL kit on the C182 and just love it like that.
Mission is to fly the state and fish & camp a lot. Might fly outside ever now and again.
Let me know your thoughts about this decision..