In detectable and isolated thin layers below seismic resolution, phase decomposition can theoretically be used to discriminate relatively high-impedance thin-layer responses from low-impedance reservoir responses. Phase decomposition can be used to isolate seismic amplitudes with a particular phase response or to decompose the seismic trace into symmetrical and antisymmetrical phase components. These components sum to form the original trace. Assuming zero-phase seismic data and normal American polarity, seismically thin layers that are high impedance relative to overlying and underlying half-spaces are seen on the phase component, whereas a relatively low-impedance thin layer will appear on the phase component. When such phase decomposition is applied to prestack attributes on a 2D line across a thin, 8 m thick, gas-saturated reservoir in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin of Alberta, Canada, amplitude-variation-with-angle is magnified on the phase component. The far-offset component allows the lateral extent of the reservoir to be better delineated. This amplification is also seen on the phase component of the gradient attribute. These results are corroborated by seismic modeling that indicates the same phase-component relationships for near- and far-angle stacks as are observed on the real data. Fluid substitution and seismic modeling indicate that, relative to full-phase data, the mixed-phase response observed in this study exhibits variations in fluid effects that are magnified and better observed at far angles on the phase component.