I live in Whitefish MT and am looking at having a jon boat custom built. I mostly hunt a slough that is around 5 feet deep with some weeds and vegetation in the water. There are also some large lakes within an hour of me that I'm interested in hunting as well. The Flathead river is also a place that I would like to start hunting with the boat. No timber, don't think I really need a mud motor, but for running the river I am leaning towards a jet drive. I also would like to be able to use this as a fly fishing rig on the lakes for pike and smallmouth, as well as in the river. I'd love to be able to run up the river and float back down and not have to worry about shuttles. I have a drift boat and rafts for the shallow rivers and rapids. 50% of the time I will be hunting by myself with my dog. 40% of the time with 1 buddy, and 10% of the time with 2 hunters. I'm not sure if I want to get a 16 or 18 foot boat. I like the idea of being able to hide the 16 foot boat easier, but extra storage is always nice. I plan to build a removable hard blind using coroplast as the walls to keep down the weight. probably go 60 wide on the bottom. I want to run a tiller with maybe a standup bar to help out with visibility. Don't want to take up space with a console. I want a large casting deck with trolling motor on the front, and a large casting deck on the back covering up the battery and fuel tank. There will be times late in the season where I will be breaking ice. Here are my questions. 16 or 18 ft? 48 or 60 wide? flat bottom or mod V? Should I get a tunnel? Stick Steer or tiller? Welded vs rivet how thick? 60 hp jet enough? Do I need a jet? Does anyone have pics of a dual purpose boat with the fly fisherman in mind?