I have done over 7,500 fish in my 42 year career. That being said There is a "story" With almost every one of those fish.
"trophy" Can be only be defined by the experience! My personal best Steelhead was 21 1/2 lbs. The story?
A buddy and I were in Hamilton, Ontario picking up my new boat to guide on the Niagara. Coming over the Lewiston/Queenston bridge I say to him let dump thew boat in and try it out. He says "we aree only weraing Sneakers and hoodies and its 5 degrees, I say we just run down the river quick to test my bad azz new toy. So being the fisherman we are we throw a couple rods and a few quickfish in the boat and away we go. First mind numbing drift I hook up on my Giant!! That was 2001 and I feel the cold and see the fish in my minds eye! I relive that moment every time I look at my replica!
Just like you I have many personal stories that are awesome memories. Fish with amazing colors, fish on a certain fly I made up, or a particular tippet.
Life is made up of memories, memorializing those memories is what I do, it's my passion!
I had my former high school B ball coach bring me a 12" LM bass. I said "there has to be a story" He said it was the last fish he caught with his dad before he passed away.
Kid's first fish kindling their fire and passion for our sport is what I love doing the most!
So a "trophy" is in the eye of the beholder!
BTW Heres that Steelie and the only Atlantic I ever caught.