Verde River

I would like to do the Verde from Cottonwood/Clarkdale to Alcantara vinyards.
I plan to being my own kayaks, WS Mallards and would like to:
a) ask about the best times to run this stretch of the Verde.
b) decent put-ins.
c) if anyone with experience can give me other useful advice.
d) If anyone wants to go with us.


I know that there is a tour in IK but the cost is a bit more than I can afford for the group I am taking.