Here is a short TR I received via pm from Dusto5 recently:
Mountain Buzz - View Profile: Dusto5
"Hey, just wanted to let you know how the trip went.
Good time, good camping, low flow (50-70 cfs). Rocky and brushy. I took my Pack Cat Tandem 13 footer - bad idea. I recommend a canoe or hard shell kayak. Would not recommend an inflatable of any kind, unless you're a glutton for punishment, like me. We paddled about 5 miles the first day and camped at the "Tunnel Falls" portage. Paddled about another 5 miles the following day and camped across from some of the far upper end abandoned structures of the Alvarez Ranch. On the third day, we paddled about 11 miles to the TAPCO RAP. Most everyone that went paddled a canoe. One buddy of mine ran his sit-on-top Jackson Kayak and did exceptional.
Yeah, I'll probably do it again just because it's in my backyard. Not sure I'd travel much distance to do it though, there are better runs on the Verde that are more worthwhile to travel for. Sure, the scenery is cool, but the lower stretches have awesome scenery too.
We put in at Perkinsville. You cross the bridge coming in on Perkinsville Road from Jerome. Then hang a right and drive parallel to the river for a quarter mile or so. Had to cross a short fence to stage the boats and gear."